Reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. People have tried to have me think it’s something different. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about answers to 16th Century theo/political questions. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about saving the American family. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about 5 acts of worship. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about sin. They’ve left me unconvinced!
It’s about reconciliation. God reconciles us to Himself so that we can be reconciled to one another. It’s full-circle reconciliation!
Why do I believe this? Because the central issue at play in the New Testament is reconciliation; the bringing together of Jew and Gentile. This is in the backdrop of all of Paul’s letter and the overarching context of why he writes. It was Paul’s great work.
The apostle writes in Ephesians, for example, about why Jesus came to earth. He writes in 2:14, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”