sermon: Reconciliation (Part Two): Christ's Work
Reconciling All Things
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 03-Oct-16; Sermon #1344A; 77 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, using the metaphor of "balancing" a checkbook, wherein two totally distinct documents, the user's register and the bank's statement are squared, or brought into agreement, explains Christ's work of "squaring" us—that is justifying us - before God. Through one man (Adam), mankind was condemned, but through Christ (the second Adam) we are justified and reconciled. After reconciliation, there can finally be a meeting of minds as we are fashioned into a new creation, invited to sit in heavenly places. As a work in progress, created for good works, we will ultimately be just like Him. If we faithfully use His Holy Spirit, we will be part of the first-born, qualified to receive our inheritance of eternal life in the family of God. Christ's work at Calvary reconciled us to God, setting in motion a process which will eventually bring the entire creation into reconciliation with God the Father. Currently, the entire creation groans in agony awaiting the liberation from corruption. The Feast of Trumpets anticipates the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, having resurrected the dead saints and receiving the living saints at His coming, a day which harkens back to the time when the Law was originally given to the Israelites, a time when Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, when trumpets resounded, and the people were terrified, shocked to learn how powerful their God really was. The events preceding Christ's return will be exceedingly terrifying to those who oppose Him, but welcome to the displaced remnant who will finally be allowed to return to their homeland. God will then pour out His spirit upon them, rendering their hearts pliable, submissive, and deeply repentant for their transgressions.
Ambassadors for Christ Bank recording debits and credits Blood of Jesus Christ justifies us Blood of Christ clears the books Blood of Christ reconciles Buried with baptism Circumcision of the heart Colossians 2:11-14 Dead in Christ rise first Display of clouds and fire with earthquakes Ephesians 2:4-10 Ezekiel 36:24; 37 Feast of Trumpets I Corinthians 15: 22-28 I John 3:2 I Thessalonians 4:13 God covered our sins God provides grace Great panic Hebrews 7:27-29 Jeremiah 23:5-8 Leviticus 23 : 23 Memorial of blowing trumpets Mount Sinai in smoke Reconciliation of all things Reconciliation Relationship with God Romans 5:6-11, 18-21 ; 8:7 II Corinthians 5:17-21 Shofar Shouting of the Shofar So consistent , they are alike Two things brought into agreement