by Wally Fry
Reconciliation Through the Cross
“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body
by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby,” Ephesians 2:16.
Scripture teaches us that we are reconciled by and through the cross. To reconcile in this sense refers to a transaction or a balancing of the books. Accountants reconcile ledgers. Businesses reconcile profit and loss statements. Realtors reconcile purchase agreements for homes. The objective is always to make two sides of a transaction match one another.
The ledger book of our lives is out of balance. On one side is first and foremost the following entry: God’s perfection and holiness; then, as we progress through life, we add the following daily entry: our sins, works and efforts to make ourselves worthy of God’s perfection. We desperately want to balance the books through those works, and we never can. In fact, we cancel our own entries in the ledger book the very minute we tell ourselves that one of our works helps us along. At that moment, we have already committed the sin of pride in ourselves. Add to this the fact that no matter how many entries we make on our side, we never attain God’s perfection and holiness. We can never balance the book of our lives.
Friends, only one entry on our side of this ledger can balance the books. That is, the following entry: the righteousness of Jesus; furthermore, we can do nothing to earn that entry. It is the free gift of God upon our repentance and faith in Jesus.
JUST A THOUGHT: When placed on the scale of God’s
justice, we can never tip the scale in our favor through our works; only Jesus can do that for us.