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Biblical reconciliation

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by robustheologian, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. robustheologian

    robustheologian Active Member

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    What would you give as a biblical formula for reconciliation between fellow believers? Is it safe to say that one who doesn’t minister reconciliation to their fellow brothers and sisters has not been made a new creature? (2 Cor. 5:17-18)
     
  2. Zaac

    Zaac Well-Known Member

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    PRAY.
    FORGIVE.
    LISTEN.
    FORGIVE
    ALIGN with God's word.
    FORGIVE.
    REPENT.
    FORGIVE.

    I would definitely question from where such a person is receiving his wisdom.
     
  3. robustheologian

    robustheologian Active Member

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    I like your emphasis on forgive.
     
  4. Zaac

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    There can be no reconciliation until we remember that we've been forgiven even and ESPECIALLY when we haven't deserved it by the One who gives eternal life.

    There should be nothing so great between two people in Christ that they can't look to the Cross and Jesus and say "I forgive you".
     
  5. robustheologian

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    Amen...I once heard Tullian Tchividjian say: We forgive because we have been forgiven. I would go as far as to say (and so would the Bible in a sense Matt. 6:14-15) one who doesn't forgive hasn't been forgiven by God.
     
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    Think important feature in this is to remind ourselves that this is one of the ministries of the Holy spirit, and he has already reconciled us to each other, so that we are to keep that which He already instituted!
     
  7. JonC

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    I think that you may be confusing a social issue with a spiritual one. For example, by the standard you suggest, many saved in the earliest Church (those added in the first few chapters of Acts) were not really re-born as evidenced by a prevailing attitude towards non-Jews. Peter was not really a Christian until his acceptance of the call to the Gentiles. I think the ministry that Paul speaks of is reconciliation to God. Just my 2 cents.
     
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  8. robustheologian

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    Well social issues (dissension, gossip, fighting, etc.) usually denote a spiritual issue. I do agree that what Paul was referring to was reconciliation to God. I was saying is that those who have received give what they have received. We who love should love one another. We who have been forgiven should forgive one another. We who have peace with God should have peace with one another. That's what the Hebrew term "shalom" means—to be on speaking terms with God and with your fellow man.
     
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    Racial tensions often run deep. In the blog the author speaks of the “unjust killing of Michael Brown.” Whether or not his death was “unjust” (if the author means by the term an unjustified action on behalf of the police officer) is being determined by the author (and others) as spectator. It is prejudiced racism on behalf of the blogger (and others), whether or not he recognizes it. The only substantiated comment the blogger could have possibly made was that Mr. Brown was killed and the police officer was vindicated for the shooting. Ironically the author proves the existence of systematic racism in his own thought process (even though his thought process may ease racial tensions). As such the “reconciliation” is ultimately false. Racism is deeper than the article indicates.That said, it is a sin that should be addressed when it occurs within the Church.
     
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    The blog linked too in this op shows what is wrong with progressives/Marxists in America.

    Full of bias, presenting no facts, eat up with innuendo. It is worthless personal rant by the useless political left.
     
  11. Tom Bryant

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    I agree about the need of forgiveness, but I can forgive someone without being reconciled to them. By that I mean that I could forgive an individual for stealing my identity, taking all my retirement money and leave me homeless. But, reconciliation is an entirely different animal. Reconciliation needs a thorough airing of the wrongs done and an attempt to make them right.

    This is what our reconciliation to God entails. We have to see our sin and making that right was done through the death of Christ in justification. But reconciliation without both sides dealing with that which separated them is not real Biblical reconciliation.
     
  12. robustheologian

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    1. Marxism??? You just proved you don't even know what Marxism is.
    2. So you're saying the truth is wrong...which doesn't surprise me.
    3. People thinking the political right equals Christian is what's really wrong. Hell will be full of people from the political left AND the political right.

    sn: The article is my SIGNATURE...not apart of the original post. (You never did get to work on that reading thing did you :laugh:)
     
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    I've never heard it put better.

    :thumbsup:
     
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