Although I have worked as an IT Professional for so many years, my first University degree was in Accounting. In Financial Accounting, one of my favourite topics was Bank reconciliation statements.
When checking how much they have in their bank accounts, people usually check how much they have as their balances. It is common when checking bank statements either online or on paper statements sent to customers to see two different bank balances. One would be balance available to spend, while the other will be balances pending transactions that have not been fully processed by the bank.
These payments could be monies paid to a person but not yet ‘cleared’, cheques that have been presented by the customer but which had not been ‘cleared’ for payment by the bank of the person who issued the cheque. There could also be payments schdules to be paid out but which had not yet been deducted from the account.
It was interesting for me to come across the word ‘reconciliation’ or to ‘be reconciled’ in the scriptures. As I studied with scriptural use of the word, especially its special use in the New Testament, I realised the difference between the scriptural concept of reconciliation and our every day usage of it.
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)
Before Christ came, we were all in the red. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) We had no currency in our heavenly bank account so there was nothing to reconcile. God, seeing that we had no way to get ourselves out of the debt we could not pay, sent Jesus His son, to come and get us out from under the weight of sin.
When our bank account is overdrawn and we are in the red and unable to pay what we owe, creditors, including banks, would come knocking and take anything that we possess to offset against what were are owing. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and got into the debt of sin, all mankind by extension carried on with that weight of sin, forfeiting our souls with no one able bail us out of that debt until Jesus Christ came.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18)
Because of what Jesus did for us, we now have an inheritance in Heaven. Our account it settled and we now have unlimited spiritual currency. We once had our souls forfeited to sin but now Jesus has purchased (redeemed) our souls and has given us back the prosperity that we were meant to have from the beginning.
Have you been reconciled to God? The only way is through Jesus Christ. He continues to reconcile men to God every day, He wants to reconcile you..only if you are willing to come to him.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)