Reconciled!

The Reformed Reader

Our Reasonable Faith God has – by grace alone – reconciled sinners to himself through Christ’s work (Rom. 5:10-11, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, etc.).  Here’s how Herman Bavinck describes this gospel:

“Because Christ by his death has covered our sin and averted God’s wrath, God changes his attitude towards the world into one of reconciliation, and he tells us this in his gospel, which is therefore called the word of reconciliation.”

“This reconciliation, too, is something objective.  It is not something which comes into being for the first time in virtue of our faith and repentance, but rests on the atonement (satisfaction) which Christ has made, and it consists of the reconciling, gracious relationship of God to us, and we receive it and accept it in faith (Rom. 5:11).”

“Because God has laid aside his hostile disposition towards us on the basis of the death of Christ, we are admonished on our part also…

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