God declares to us that Jesus Christ, who once had His side pierced, today has His heart open, as it were, that we may have assurance of the love that He bears us; that as He once had His arms fastened to the cross, now He has them wide open to draw us to Himself; and that as once He shed his blood, so today He wishes us to be plunged within it. So, when God invites us so sweetly and Jesus Christ sets before us the fruit of His death and passion…let us all come to take our stand with our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ministry of reconciliation is not telling people to make peace with God, but telling them that God has made peace with the world.
We are not called to make peace with God — that is God’s work! The method of reconciliation is reckoning, God “not counting their trespasses against them”… There is a reckoning of sins. But they are reckoned not to the sinner but to Christ.
The gospel is not “reconcile yourselves.” The gospel is “be reconciled.” Receive reconciliation from God.
Only He who was entirely without sin of His own was free to bear the sin of others. And only God-become-Man could achieve this unblemished victory over Satan and death for our fallen and rebellious race. Such a Mediator was absolutely essential for our reconciliation to God.
[T]here is nothing in us or done by us at any stage of our earthly development because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only “when we believe,” it is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be true as long as we live… It is always, on His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest. There is never anything that we are or have or do that can take His place or that take a place along with Him. We are always unworthy, and all that we have or do of good is always of pure grace.