Think about a friend with whom you have a close relationship but do spend time together often and when you do, you pick up conversation right where you left it off the last time you were with each other. This is the tone of John’s first epistle. The apostle John without greeting or introduction begins, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).
From the outset John assumes his readers share with him a genuine and personal relationship with Jesus Christ-- a relationship that is only possible through reconciliation. Webster defines reconciliation as the restoration of a friendship after an estrangement. Theologically, reconciliation means that though “We were once separated and estranged from God because of our sin. He paid the ultimate sacrifice and reconciled us so that we can now have an unencumbered (deeper) relationship with Him.”
What do the following Scriptures reveal about the need for reconciliation?
What insights about the means of reconciliation do you glean from the following Scriptures?
1 John 4:10--
When a person is reconciled with God he becomes a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and receives a new mission as an “ambassador” (1 Corinthians 5:18-20). To whom do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to represent Christ? What will you do in response?
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. HCSB