THE TRUTH ABOUT RECONCILIATION

BY:  ALAN McSAVAGE

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PART ONE

1. All have been reconciled

Col 1:19-20 19] For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20] and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

“All means All”

Eph 2:11-16 11] Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands 12] remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13] But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14] For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15] by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16] and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

The commonwealth of Israel and the gentiles (strangers) are, in Christ, are both made One, having been reconciled unto God in One body by the cross.

He has slain the enmity that has existed between these two companies of people.

We find that we are all reconciled in One body through the cross of Christ. That body is the body of Christ, the church.

2 Cor 5:18-19 18] Now all these things are from God, who (has) reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19] namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

God has reconciled (past tense) us to Himself by Jesus Christ. The action described here was completed by God by Jesus Christ.

We must minister this reconciliation to people.

How does one minister it? We must stop building walls between ourselves and the rest of humanity. We have to do it through Love,

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF GOD? GOD IS LOVE.

So, we are ministering love to people (whether or not they have ever repented, believed, or been baptized in water or in the Holy Spirit) we are ministering the reconciliation to them.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

WE MUST MINISTER LOVE TO ALL MANKIND.

We don’t not do this by asking then what church they attend, or if they believe like we do, or any other such thing. No! That is not ministering reconciliation. We minister reconciliation by telling them the Good News that we ALL have been reconciled to God by the death of His Son whether we know it or not or whether we have believed it or not. IT IS AN ESTABLISHED FACT AND IT IS FOREVER SETTLED.

2 Corinthians 5:18 “And all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.

So, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing there trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Not a few people that agree with us but “THE WHOLE WORLD.” unto Himself.

It is settled. God has reconciled the world unto Himself.

2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.” And ambassador is one chosen by his government to go into a foreign country to speak on behalf of the government that has chosen him.

2 Cor 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

This means just as if Jesus was here and talking Himself, and He is here in us, as the Christ company in the earth.

“For as the body is One, and has many members, and all the members of that One body, being many; are One body; SO ALSO IS CHRIST.”

Christ is not just One man or One member, but is a many membered body in the earth.

And we say unto people “Be reconciled unto God.” IT IS ALREADY SETTLED WITH GOD.

vs. 21. For he has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

PART TWO

John 1:29-30 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Question?

In the light of the above scripture did He or did He not, take away the sin of the world.

Did Jesus on the cross, take away the sin of the world?

If he did then it (the world) or (mankind) doesn’t have any.

The sin question has been forever settled.

But, if He did not take away the sin of the world or (mankind), then we are SUNK, as the expression goes.

BUT, the good news is that HE DID!

In the light of at least two witnesses.

First let me say that there are many different interpretations of the term two witnesses. Here is one:

John 5:31-32: “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness that He witnesses of me is true.”

The witness that Jesus spoke of was the witness of His Father. Everything that Jesus did and spoke of while in a body of flesh was confirmed by “two witnesses” one earthly, one heavenly. He neither did nor spoke anything that was not already witnessed to Him by the Father in the spirit.

Keeping this in mind, and in light of many of the things that the Lord has been revealing to us in this day, it seems as though the “two witnesses” more than likely shall be a corporate expression of Christ that shall manifest the perfect will of the Father once again upon the earth.

But in light of the question at hand, Did Jesus take away the sin of the world?  We already have one witness in the words of John the Baptist. The other we can find in Hebrews 9: 24-26

For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;  nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.

Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

That’s how He did it. So I say that we need to stop focusing on “sin and satan and death” and begin to focus on the “son, grace and Life” and what He has “finished” as “the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13:8

He tasted death for EVERY man.

In Hebrews 2: 9 it states that: “We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

Here we see the wonderful Grace of God in action and that means freedom for: EVERY, MAN, and EVERY WOMAN, and EVERY BOY OR GIRL THAT HAS EVER LIVED OR WILL EVER LIVE.

WHO SHALL DECLARE HIS GENERATION?

In Hebrew Law it was the custom for a prisoner that was found guilty of a capital offence for the authorities to lead the prisoner out to the public and say “Who shall testify on behalf of this man’s innocence.” Or “Who shall declare His generation.” But, He was denied such as is found in Isaiah 53:8 and in Acts 8: 33 .

I say unto you as the 42nd generation called the Christ that it is up to us to declare the innocence of mankind as our Lord gave instructions.

Matt 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

If you count up the generations listed in Matthew you will see they come to 41 the Christ makes up the 42nd.

Christ has come to mean: “Christ in (and among all of) you the hope of glory.”

Col. 1: 27. Amp.

The company of the (Corporate manifestation or expression of the Christ.) Make up the 42nd generation.

Christ Jesus is the head, we make up the body.

The Apostolic mandate is ours to bring the word of reconciliation to all mankind.

It begins by freely remitting ALL of their sins or transgression , shortcomings or failures, (real or imagined).

And NOT retaining the sins or transgressions, shortcomings or failures, (real or imagined) of ANY.

John 20:22-23 He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

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The following is taken from an Article I wrote re:  “THE SON OF MY RIGHT HAND.”

WHAT IS THE DIVINE PURPOSE?

Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Little Benjamin – The son of my right hand.

Gen 35:18 “And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin.”

Genesis 35:18 PP1 [She called his name Ben-oni] Ben-‘Owniy (heb 1126) “the son of my sorrow or affliction, because of the hard labour she had in bringing him into the world; but his father called him Binyaamiyn (heb 1144), “the son of my right hand,” i. e., the son peculiarly dear to me. “So man of the right hand,” Psa. 80:17, signifies one much loved and regarded of God.

Benjamin speaks of the Sons of God, birthed by hard labor out of the Old and thrust into the new. Out of the Law and sin and death, and into Law of Life, Grace and mercy. From the very beginning Benjamin as a type of the sons of God who have been chosen for this task.

In anticipation of Benjamin’s coming mission, Moses said:

Deut. 33:12 Of Benjamin he said: “The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by Him, who shelters him all the day long; and he shall dwell between His shoulders.

A favored son is often carried on the shoulders of his loving father.

He shall dwell between His shoulders, (figuratively) The Great I AM said he would meet with him between the wings of the Cherubim. (Shoulders of the Ark of the Covenant.)

Ps 145:10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You.

2623 chaciyd (khaw-seed’); from 2616; properly, kind, i.e. (religiously) pious (a saint):

KJV– godly (man), good, holy (one), merciful, saint,

Givers or doer’s of Mercy, Saints of the Most High God.

Sons of Mercy “The Hebrew word translated ‘mercy seat’ is ‘kapporet’ It means; a ‘covering.’ Used only for the Mercy Seat, it distinguishes the Mercy Throne as a protective covering. The covering of the Ark of the Covenant was a place of the judgment-of-mercy for the forgiveness of sin. It was the judgment throne of the Invisible God. It was a throne of mercy.

That Mercy seat is a place of position in Christ, we are seated with Him in that throne of mercy in the heavenlies, far above all principality and power of the enemy, (this is a position in Christ, not a geographical location).

The Ark signifies the Christ in and among all of us the hope of glory. (Col. 1:27)

He is now seated within us on the mercy seat, and we are seated with Him.

To be seated means to be in a place of authority, as in a throne room, the only one seated was the King, and His bride.

Here is our mandate: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

“Judge not, that you be not judged. “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Matt 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” The Ark and the Mercy Seat within the Holy of Holies was the symbol of the coming Word-made-flesh, Jesus Christ. The ‘blood of sprinkling, was a symbol of the Lamb of God who bears away the world’s sin. For everything here named there is one great descriptive term. MERCY.

THE FOURTH DIMENSION

We are not only to enter in to the Feasts of Tabernacles, or the realm of the Holy of Holies, but we are to become what we see in that place! We are to become True Saints or Doer’s of Mercy by nature even as the Lamb of God is Himself the seat of mercy! 1 John 3 “…when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”

We shall take on His true nature and He says of Himself He is merciful and His mercies endure forever! There is no end to His mercies!

Deut. 33:12 Of Benjamin he said: “The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by Him, who shelters him all the day long; and he shall dwell between His shoulders.

Moffit says of Benjamin: He is the Eternal’s darling, he lives ever in security; the Most High encircles him, he is seated upon his slopes.

Ferrar Fenton says: “The Beloved of the Eternal rests secure, relying on Him all the day. And bore safe in His arms.

So Benjamin, the coming bearer of light… was under special care… and performance of the assigned mission.

Benjamin was to bear a “light,” in “Jerusalem.” What is this light?

Jesus in the sermon on the mount told His disciples that they were the LIGHT of the world.” Matthew 5:14. Why”…so they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven (verse 16) They were the light of good works, the works of God.

The work of the Gospel. Preaching and manifesting the Gospel of the kingdom of God.

Jesus said in John 9:4-5 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no MAN can work.”

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Notice Jesus used Himself, and “Man” in doing the work. The disciples – (and us through their word) are to engage in Jesus’ work, the work of God. We are not only light bearers, but we are the light, for the only reason, as Paul wrote: Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

That’s why, we are the “light of the world, because Christ Jesus, the “light of the world” is living inside of us.

JUDGMENT

To the “doers of mercy, the saints and priests of the most High God.”

On every hand we hear of judgments that are coming upon the earth.

The song of Moses from Rev. 15:2-4 contains much instruction about His judgments.

Rev 15:2-4 “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!”

‘Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been

The Lord reveals that “His judgments have been made manifested” are a people who manifest these judgments of God as being THE WAY of the Lord which is JUST and TRUE.

The people who are worthy to sing this song are they that have got the victory over the beast (carnal nature), and over his image (Adamic nature), and over his mark (carnal reasoning mind), and over the number of his name (which is man x man x man, his human nature)

He is talking about a victorious people, a transparent people who have won the victory over the realm of the natural man – his image, his mark, his name and his beast nature. And the inspired writer sees these people AS THE LORD’S JUDGMENTS MADE MANIFEST. (Manifest means: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying). They have learned His ways through His judgments. All of His ways are just and true. When the nations shall behold this people, then shall they come and worship before the Lord!

He is speaking of a people who through His judgments have learned to become Doers of Mercy and Bearers of His Light, Priests of the Most High God.

Listen again to Jesus’ first words: John 20:21-23 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Matt 18:18-22 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” We can choose to retain another’s sins against us, and if we do, we find we are delivered over to the tormentors and neither party has any peace until forgiveness is freely granted. Mathew 18: 23 – 35

 

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