The Good News of Reconciliation

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. John Lightfoot wrote that "reconciliation" describes "restoring something to the state from which it has fallen, or to the state that it potentially could have been, or to the state for which it was destined." What was the original state of the created world? What could it potentially have been like (if mankind hadn't fallen into sin)? What has God destined it to be?
  2. What was the original state of our physical bodies? What could they potentially have been like (if mankind hadn't fallen into sin)? What has God destined the physical bodies of Christians to ultimately become?
  3. What was the original state of our souls? What could they potentially have been like (if mankind hadn't fallen into sin)? What has God destined the souls of Christians to ultimately become?
  4. Verse 21 teaches that we need to be reconciled to God because of our "alienation" and "hostility" toward God. Those are harsh words describing our fallen state apart from Christ. What do you think they mean? (How is our alienation from God and our hostility toward God demonstrated in our lives before Christ?)
  5. How would you explain to somebody who has no Christian background how Jesus Christ "reconciles" us to God? How would you explain how Christ "mak[es] peace by the blood of His cross"?
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1 thought on “The Good News of Reconciliation”

  1. My meditation has been, in part, 2 Chron 7:14; thank you for entering a 40 days of prayer!

    My symbols today were wheat thins, and Welch’s grape juice from concentrate;
    🙂
    … thanks to those who shared their gifts with all of us today.
    Marcus

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