Is Radical Reconciliation Possible?

Posted by Andrew Roberts on

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.  – Acts 17:26

There are two answers to the question in the title. The first answer is simple: Yes. The second answer is more difficult: Maybe...

We see the clear answer of Yes on two levels in Scripture. On a racial level, there is no construct of race in the Bible. There are ethnic groups, peoples, languages, and tribes, but there is not a racialized paradigm in Scripture. 

When we think about the fact that all human beings need the salvation that Christ offers, we realize that reconciliation between the races is possible. The gospel, for which God the Son took on human flesh, leads us to this redemptive truth. We are all justified by Christ’s shed blood on the cross; our personal belief in His life, teachings, mission, death, burial, and resurrection reconciles and returns us to the fellowship with God He designed us for originally—in the Garden before the Fall. God did not reconcile just whites or blacks or Asians, but all peoples to Himself. And this reconciliation should extend to fellowship with other believers of whatever ethnic group. We are also set apart as God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Finally, when Christ returns, every tongue, tribe, people, and nation will bow to the victorious Savior, and we will be one. Thus, in the Biblical narrative of salvation, from beginning to end, we are reconciled. We are set right with God and then one another. And Scripture calls us, even appoints us, as ambassadors of reconciliation: ”Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). That means we are to go out and actively seek to spread the gospel of peace to every person.

Submitted by:
Andrew Roberts
Awaken Church
Jacksonville, Florida

One-Year Bible Reading
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 22:24-25

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