1. “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy”. Daniel 9:24 See Galatians 4:4-7
2. Let’s define reconciliation
Greek: Reestablishment of an interrupted or broken
relationship. It is a change from enmity to friendship and assurance. It is brought about by God alone!! John 15:5, Romans 8:3-4. 2Corinthians 3:18; 5:18-19.
It is to exchange hostility for a friendly relationship!!
In this great exchange, we are not active.It’s by faith alone in Jesus. Therefore we are said to have received Reconciliation. Romans 5:1-5,11.
Source: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition by Walter Bauer and Frederick William Danker.
The synonym for reconciliation is: Atonement/Healing. Note the following comparisons in both the KJV and NKJV: Leviticus 6:30, 8:15, Ezekiel 45:15, 17, 20, Daniel 9:24, Romans 5:10, 11, 2Corinthians 5:12-21. Hebrews 2:17.
3. It is the blood that makes Atonement/Reconciliation/Healing. Leviticus 17:11.
4. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12.
5. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness Hebrews 9:22.
6. So reconciliation comes through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20.
7. Atonement/Reconciliation/Healing includes more than the blood.
8. The blood had to be applied. Leviticus 4:2-6, 34-35.
9. How is the blood applied to my life? If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9. Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:14-25.
I. “Be reconciled to God” 2Corinthians 5:20. Why would the believers need reconciliation to God when they had already been reconciled to God through Christ?
II. What is the connection between Leviticus 16:29, 31; 23:31-32 and Revelation 14:6-7, 12?
III. What is the relationship between the New Covenant and reconciliation/atonement? See Hebrews Chapters 8 & 9.
IV. What does it mean to you personally to be rooted and grounded in God’s love? Ephesians 3:17
V. What is my Ministry of reconciliation? Explain how Romans 12:1-2 and 2Corinthians 3:18 play a vital role in reconciliation? What role does transformation play in our healing?
VI. What does it mean to you personally to comprehend God’s love? Ephesians 3:18-20.
VII. How are we “filled with all the fullness of God”? Ephesians 3:19.