Just-as-if-ied Never Sinned
The door to being reconciled to God was opened when Christ paid the supreme sacrifice for our sins. There had never been an open door to heaven before, except for specific occasions and for specific purposes. But now, Christ opened the door once and for all of mankind so that we all might have the opportunity to be right with God.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5, “All this if from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (v18-19).
What does it mean to be reconciled? The word comes from the Latin word, “reconciliare” and means to make good again or to repair. When we say that we are reconciled to God we are saying that our relationship with him has been repaired and it is good again.
We are reconciled to God, that is, everything is made right between us and him. But how do we get from “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” to reconciled? That happens as we begin our journey of faith in Christ and through our faith are justified by grace giving us right standing with God.
Justified simply means that I have been declared innocent. There is nothing that God is holding against me. It is truly just-as-if-ied never sinned. Christ paid mine and your debt of sin and when we come to God through faith in Christ God’s grace is given us and suddenly we are declared innocent and we stand before God as pure as if we had never sinned. We are Justified.
We who have believed upon the name of Christ and have by faith committed our life to him have tasted the sweetness of his salvation. Rejoice with me today as we celebrate the that because we have been justified we are now reconciled to God.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for Jesus the great reconciler. Amen.