Monthly Archives: January 2015

Reconciliation with God

Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; 
behold, new things have come. 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us 
to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19namely, 
that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses 
against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
      
20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; 
we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be 
sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


Romans 5:1-21

Results of Justification
      1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this 
grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only this, 
but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 
4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, 
because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was 
given to us.

      6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 
7For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would 
dare even to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved 
from the wrath of God through Him. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through 
the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not 
only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received 
the reconciliation.

      12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, 
and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13for until the Law sin was in the world, 
but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, 
even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him 
who was to come.

      15But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the 
one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, 
Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16The gift is not like that which came through the one who 
sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, 
but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 
17For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who 
receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the 
One, Jesus Christ.

      18So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so 
through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19For as 
through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience 
of the One the many will be made righteous. 20The Law came in so that the transgression would 
increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, as sin reigned in death, 
even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 5:21-48

Personal Relationships
      21“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits 
murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall 
be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before 
the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. 23
“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has 
something against you, 24leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your 
brother, and then come and present your offering. 25“Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you 
are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the 
officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26“Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have 
paid up the last cent.

      27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28but I say to you that everyone 
who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29“If your right 
eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts 
of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut 
it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your 
whole body to go into hell.

      31“It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’; 32but I say 
to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; 
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

      33“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL
YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ 34“But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of
God, 35or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT
KING. 36“Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37“But let
your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.

      38“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39“But I say to you,
do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40“If
anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41“Whoever forces you to go one
mile, go with him two. 42“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from
you.

      43“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44“But I say to
you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is
in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the
unrighteous. 46“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors
do the same? 47“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the
Gentiles do the same? 48“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Isaiah 53:1-12

The Suffering Servant
1Who has believed our message?
         And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
         And like a root out of parched ground;
         He has no stately form or majesty
         That we should look upon Him,
         Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

3He was despised and forsaken of men,
         A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
         And like one from whom men hide their face
         He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
         And our sorrows He carried;
         Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
         Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
         He was crushed for our iniquities;
         The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
         And by His scourging we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,
         Each of us has turned to his own way;
         But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
         To fall on Him.

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
         Yet He did not open His mouth;
         Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
         And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
         So He did not open His mouth.

8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
         And as for His generation, who considered
         That He was cut off out of the land of the living
         For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9His grave was assigned with wicked men,
         Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
         Because He had done no violence,
         Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10But the LORD was pleased
         To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
         If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
         He will see His offspring,
         He will prolong His days,
         And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the anguish of His soul,
         He will see it and be satisfied;
         By His knowledge the Righteous One,
         My Servant, will justify the many,
         As He will bear their iniquities.

12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
         And He will divide the booty with the strong;
         Because He poured out Himself to death,
         And was numbered with the transgressors;
         Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
         And interceded for the transgressors.

Hebrews 2:16-18

16For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the 
descendant of Abraham. 17Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren 
in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest 
in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 
18For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able 
to come to the aid of those who are tempted.