“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself…”
Paul writes here of reconciliation, a new relationship bringing together God and man in Jesus Christ. We do not earn this reconciliation. The will cannot will it. We do not prove we are worthy of it nor can we keep it by our own strength. This new relationship with God is built upon a foundation far more enduring than anything we can offer.
Being reconciled we are not only summoned to be different people. We are recreated. We are new creatures. God has added something new which is at work in us to conquer the powers of sin, death and evil. The center of this wonderful, reconciling miracle is God Himself.
In baptism God claims us, adopts us, makes us His own. The reconciliation is God’s gift, given out of His great love. We are saved by His grace. In Christ, God came to us, died for us, was raised for us. He gives us the Holy Spirit, drawing us to Himself through Word and Sacrament. He clears away the debris of our past continually opening for us a reconciled future. One day, He will complete the work of salvation and usher us in to the eternal kingdom.
“All this is from God”, for which we are duty bound to “thank, praise, serve and obey Him.”
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”