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From Alienation to Rejection

(Radio 10/12/2006)

Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Separation, rejection and alienation are emotions that none of us like. It's one thing to experience these emotions with other people, but the worst kind of alienation is alienation from God.This sermon explains how to move from alienation to reconciliation.

  • There is a tremendous need for everyone to be reconciled to God.
    • As the result of sin, all mankind was alienated from God.
    • We were enemies, ungodly, and under the wrath of God.
    • It is the purpose and plan of God to bring us back from our alienated position into a relationship with Him.
    • We can never be what God intended until we are reconciled to Him.
  • The only way to be reconciled to God is through the cross of Jesus Christ.
    • God knew beforehand that Adam was going to sin, so He chose to bring us back from our alienated position to a position of oneness with Him.
    • When we trust Jesus as our Savior, He brings us into a new relationship with Him - "old things passed away; behold new things have come".
  • If "old things have passed away", why do we still act the same sometimes?
    • Because our physical bodies, five senses, and desires didn't pass away.
    • This refers to the new position we now have in Christ.
    • Now we have the power - through the Holy Spirit - to live a godly life, but we still have the capacity to sin against God.
      Salvation is a one-time event.
    • Sanctification is not only a one-time event in which God at the moment of salvation set us apart for Himself, but it is also a progressive thing.
    • As a result of our new position in Christ, our practice and behavior will change as we submit to the Holy Spirit.
  • How did God bring holiness and wickedness together?
    • He took the initiative to bridge the gap by the cross.
    • The one who has been offended should be the one to take the initiative.
    • He placed all of our sin on Jesus and canceled our sin debt.
  • Now what is our responsibility?
    • He has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
    • We are now ambassadors for Christ.

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