Reconciled by Works, or by Grace?
Under Covenant, the house of Israel was reconciled by
Ezekiel 45:17 And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt
offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths,
in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the
burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.
Under Grace, we are now reconciled by the death of Christ on our
behalf, and not by works.
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by
the death of his Son,...
Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,
by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Note: Religious tradition will give you a list of things to DO to be
reconciled. Is this bible doctrine? Yes. The better question is WHO'S?
As illustrated in the above comparison we clearly see that it is not
OURS. It was doctrine "for the house of Israel". It was THEY who had to perform "to make
All who can read and understand simple English will agree that the
cross changed the reconciliation process. The Ezekiel 45:17 “offerings” are no longer
By the cross, God became the reconciler, and is why Paul wrote: "God
was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself."
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