Under What System Are We Reconciled?
A look at this word “reconcile” or “reconciliation,” in modern vernacular, will only tell us part of what we need to know in order to gain a deeper insight into the church through this passage. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “reconcile” means “to cause to be friendly or harmonious again; adjust or settle differences; to bring to submission or acceptance.” The KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon defines the word as follows: “to change, exchange, as coins for others of equivalent value; to reconcile (those who are at variance) return to favor with, be reconciled to one to receive one into favor.” But what you cannot look up is the context and the culture that surrounds these terms. We may know what the word “reconcile” means, but not know the cultural context in which it was spoken. So, we will have to delve into the scripture and understand the cultural context in which it was spoken or else we will not understand what the writer is saying. In order to really hear the Word, one has to hear it contextually.
Paul said that we are ambassadors and have been given the ministry of reconciliation. It is as though God is pleading through us for those around us to be reconciled with Him. It is so important that we understand what God is saying so that we will understand the need for an embassy. Paul writes these words from the basis of a theocratic mentality vs. a democratic mentality. A theocratic mentality means that God governs through sovereign authority vs. the process of democratic voting. Contrasting the two is a real study in opposites. In a democracy, things are decided by the people’s votes and what they think is fair. Things are very political and subjective. In the natural, we live in the context of man-made laws, freedom of speech, and of the principle of the majority rules. The Kingdom operates on a totally different basis than a democracy. For example:
• In the Kingdom, there is a sovereign ruler; there is only one King.
• In the Kingdom, God is just, not fair (Deuteronomy 32:4).
• In the Kingdom, leadership is appointed, not elected and there is justice, not classism, racism, sexism or any other “ism”. • In the Kingdom, there are no man-made laws, but God-given laws.
• In the Kingdom, one does not have “freedom” of speech; one must watch what they speak or not speak at all. James 3 lets us know that a Kingdom person cannot say what he or she desires to say, because the tongue matters.
As believers, we are now a Kingdom people. As Kingdom people, when we give our hearts to Christ we no longer belong to ourselves. In order to get saved, you must first call Him King. This very familiar Pauline epistle to the Romans is one [that] demands that we acknowledge Christ as King as a pre-requisite of salvation. Romans 10:9-10 says:
…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
As a result of our salvation, we are under the monarchial rule of Christ. The above verse says, “if you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus”. “Lord” in the Greek is the word kurios, which according to the KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon means “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord, the possessor and disposer of a thing, the owner; one who has control of the person, the master in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief; a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master; this title is given to God, the Messiah.”
You cannot have a relationship with God unless it is predicated upon Him being the sovereign ruler and you being the servant.