(Romans 5:1) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 5:10) For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
In war people are at odds with each other. Their relationship is broken. Hatred and distrust guide their interactions, and this causes them to fight with and kill each other. When a peace treaty is finally signed, the opportunity to rebuild their relationship becomes possible. With man, the hurts and attitudes that caused them to be at war, and the horrors that came about during the war, stand in the way of reconciliation. There is great mistrust to overcome. It often takes generations for forgiveness to slowly enter the hearts of the opponents. This is the way of humans, but it is not the way of God.
When Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and ushered in new life for us through his resurrection, God was immediately ready for us to return to him. God’s great love for us, welcomed us into reconciliation with him. Jesus made peace with God possible.
This is how we became God’s enemies. In the beginning we rebelled against God. He warned us of the consequences if we rebelled, but we chose to ignore the warning. We ate from the forbidden tree, and death entered God’s creation. Our rebellion devastated his entire creation. This produced a great separation between us and God, and it made us his enemy. In spite of our bad behavior, God, driven by his infinite love, worked out a way for us to return to him.
So, here we are facing the greatest peace treaty ever offered. All we have to do is trust God and open ourselves to a renewed relationship with him. What we will receive in return is eternal life in a recreated new world that is full of peace and love. These terms sound like a great opportunity. I’m accepting. How about you?