Salvation Basics: Restoration
God’s plan was always to restore his people, his creation , his desire. In the very last chapters of the Bible, God’s new Heaven and new Earth are created to restore His original purpose of living with His creation, His likeness. In order to get to that point there is a much needed process of Recognition, Redemption, Reconciliation and Restoration. Murray J Harris puts it brilliantly “ Reconciliation is the divine act by which , on the basis of the death of Christ , God’s holy displeasure against sinful man was appeased, the enmity between God and man was removed, and man was restored to proper relations with God”
5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
v.16 We no longer see the world through our first eyes but with eyes restored to God’s original plan and purpose.
5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
v.17 As the old passes away and the new comes, we accept that we are sinners and look for redemption to begin anew
5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
v.19 God makes the first approach to reconciliation, a decision only He can make, full forgiveness an account restored to good standing.
5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
v.21 Through the salvation of Jesus Christ we are restored to the righteousness of being in Gods presence as He intended, His child, His begotten, His likeness.