Reconciled, Redeemed and Restored

Reconcile means to make-up for, seek peace and/or harmony concerning a wrong that was performed by one person against another

Humanity messed up in the beginning so bad with our relationship with God that our reconciliation is not attainable on our own efforts or strength. Though we are the guilty, the fall was so great, the peace and harmony of our relationship totally depended on God and His plan of reconciliation. 

The Lord was the one who was wronged and has every right to pronounce judgment. And His judgment is already passed upon us, outside a decision to accept Christ as our Savior and lifestyle. God has an abundant amount of grace and mercy to administer to those who have faith in His free gift of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. 

"For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" (Romans 5:17)

Redeem means to purchase back or clear a payment. Humanity's disobedience injected sin or rebellion against God like a pollutant or virus not only on all people but all of creation. The enemy, The Father of Lies, passed off a lie for the truth and we bought it - hook, line and sinker. This lie imprisoned humanity in the slave market of sin until our Great Redeemer, Christ Jesus arrived and paid our ransom - His life-blood. 

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." (1 Peter 1:17-19) 

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) 

Restore means to bring back to the original condition or status. However, Yahweh is a God of abundance and when He restores, much more goodness is added on to experience with the original restoration. 

Acts 3:21 says, "Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets." 

The rendering of restore here is a restitution of loss, damage or injury. I believe all the promises not yet fully manifested to national Israel fall in this restoration as well as a further restoration of the earth.

Luke is inspired to communicate that Jesus must remain physically in Heaven until the proper time comes for Him to rule, reign and restore things from His millennial throne on earth.

Before this restoration of all things arrives, the time of faith that we are currently in must transpire. We live by faith, not by sight now. Later, all will perceive clearly the truth, Jesus Christ and His Word to the glory of Father God.

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." - 1 Corinthians 13:12

If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, Lord and lifestyle - then I encourage you to stop and consider Him now. I am not the one who claims that Jesus is Lord, Son of God, Emmanuel - God in flesh. I am one who believes that Jesus is all of that and more. Jesus is the one who claimed this about Himself according to John 14:6 when Jesus said out loud to be remembered and recorded,

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Jesus, loved all of us so much that He gave His life that we may have not only an eternal relationship with Him but have eternal life with Him. I pray, if you have not made this decision, you will today choose through Christ Jesus to be Reconciled, Redeemed and Restored.