Two Everythings (Part 04) - Two Reconciliations (Eternal and Temporal)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
For a paperback book in outline form which addresses over 150 difficult verses that Arminians use against Sovereign Grace, check out: Problem Texts for Sovereign Grace: Rooting Arminianism Out of Every Verse. Image from: www.patheos.com For a master copy of the outline, click here: Two Everythings To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 3 To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 5 To Listen on YouTube, click here: Two Everythings (Part 4) - Two Reconciliations (Eternal and Temporal) 6. Two reconciliations A. Eternal reconciliation i. Eternal reconciliation is a completed action by God, and there nothing the elect can do to affect it. ii. Reconcile v. - I. 1. a. trans. To bring (a person) again into friendly relations to or with (oneself or another) after an estrangement. iii. The elect were reconciled to God by the death of Jesus Christ. 1. Rom 5:9 - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 2. Rom 5:10 - For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 3. Rom 5:11 - And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. iv. God hath reconciled His elect to himself by Jesus Christ. 1. 2Co 5:18 - And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; v. This eternal reconciliation happened on the cross. 1. 2Co 5:19 - To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 2. Col 1:20 - And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 3. Col 1:21 - And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 4. Col 1:22 - In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: B. Temporal reconciliation i. There is also a temporal aspect of reconciliation with God in this life which is conditioned on the elect's obedience. ii. This temporal ministry of reconciliation is tasked to God's ministers. 1. 2Co 5:18 - And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; iii. It's their job to tell God's elect that God hath reconciled them. 1. 2Co 5:19 - To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. iv. They tell the elect whom God hath reconciled eternally to be reconciled to God temporally. 1. 2Co 5:20 - Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.