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Christ’s Death Effects Our Reconciliation to God

Romans 5:6-11

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Paul writes in this text about the ungodly…about sinners…about those who need to be saved from the wrath of God…about enemies of God.  He is talking about me and he is talking about you.  Many may say, “But I don’t feel as though I’m ungodly, or a sinner, or under his wrath, or his enemy.”  But the issue is not about how you feel toward God.  The issue is how does God feel toward you.  Now we think naturally that God will love us no matter what because God is love.  However, the fact that God is love is the reason why he hates what is wrong and he hates sin and he judges sinners and pours out his wrath on the ungodly.  But this is completely foreign to our concept of God.  However, our concept of God centers around us and our good and not on God and his glory.  Our concept of God is devoid of God’s revelation and is filled with this world’s philosophy.

We always take pleasure in seeing God as good and that is fine, however, the problem is that we deny reality and also take pleasure in seeing ourselves as good.  If God is good and we are good then who needs reconciliation?  If we don’t need reconciliation then we certainly don’t need God to come in the flesh and die on the cross in our place.  So eat drink and be merry, right?

But consider your heart for a moment…if we brought the evidence of your life into the courtroom would you be proven godly or ungodly?  Would you be proven righteous or a sinner?  Would you be proven justified or guilty?  Would you be under the wrath of God or would you be a friend of God?  The reality is that if you have spent a second of your life as ungodly – then it proves you to be ungodly.  If you have spent a second in disobedience to the Creator God – then it proves you are a sinner, you are guilty, you are under the just wrath of God and you are his enemy.  The Bible says, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it (James 2:10).”  The point of the law is not for you to keep it, but to demonstrate to you like a teacher, that you cannot keep it and so need to be reconciled to God.

I am ungodly.  I am guilty.  I spend most of my waking moments actively living with no regard for God and his glory.  And most of the time my life would not be considered “sinful” according to this world’s categories.  This is the essence of ungodliness.  If I drive home and do it in a way that gives no regard to God and his glory, or I watch a football game on TV and do it in a way that gives no regard to God and his glory – then I have been ungodly.  Now you may think – no big deal.  Does God really care about how we drive and how we watch TV?  But consider how many of us have done far worse – intentionally seeking worldly pleasures because it made us feel good and we had absolutely no regard for God and his glory in the process.  Really what is the difference – whether we actively sought base things or not we were still ungodly.  God says it like this in Isaiah 48:10 – “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned?  My glory I will not give to another.”  Sorry, you may think that you don’t need to be reconciled with God – but you would be wrong.  Jesus died for every single one of our ungodly moments – and there are too many for us to count, which makes us guilty before God and deserving of his just wrath.  And if you aren’t reconciled to God then you will stay in that condition for all eternity.  That is why Jesus died on the cross – 1 Peter 3:10, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…”

Be reconciled to God.  Let’s admit our ungodliness…our disobedience to God…our disregard for his glory.  And then let’s turn away from those things to trust in Christ’s death on the cross to bring us, reconciled, to God.