11 And [de] not [ou] only [monon] so, but [alla] we also [kai] joy [kauchaomai] in [en] God [theos] through [dia] our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], by [dia] whom [hos] we have [lambano] now [nun] received [lambano] the atonement [katallage]. KJV-Interlinear
11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. ESV
Atonement or reconciliation has to occur between God and man before we can have any kind of compatible or functional relationship with God.
God is the sovereign ruler over all that exists. God owns all that exists. In order to live with God we have to have a relationship with God. And without a relationship with God then we have no place to live and nothing to hold our life together.
God is the authority and power that holds everything together. God is the glue, as it were, by which the universe and life are both held together.
Without God nothing would exist.
Without God we could not exist.
There are three persons in the Godhead.
The first is God the Father, who is seen as the highest authority. The Father is the person to whom all religions direct their attention. And in all religions and philosophies, there is a primary assumption that man is, or capable of being, equal with God.
The second person is Jesus Christ, who holds the title Son, among other titles. One of the many roles of the Son is to defeat arrogance by becoming the sole access path to the Father. As a result, the Son becomes a stumbling block for all religions and philosophies as they, in arrogance, reject Gods plan, by rejecting the Son.
The third person of the Trinity is God the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit which provides the means or the mechanism or the power by which we can interact with God and function in our spiritual life. And again, religions and philosophies look to man’s ability or man’s power or man’s effort to function within a human defined spirituality, which is a false spirituality.
When Adam sinned, the entire human race was doomed to sin, and doomed to an eternal separation from God.
But God came up with a plan, by which man could be reconciled back to a relationship with God, and that plan of course was for Jesus Christ to pay the price for mans transgressions, and in effect purchased man’s freedom from sin and death.
And here Paul states that as a result of the cross on which Jesus Christ hung and paid the price for our sins, then we have received atonement, or reconciliation back to a relationship with God.
The relationship is of course, a potential, even though Christ paid the price, we as individuals still must believe in Him and in His work, and who He is, and so forth.
And it is because of this reconciliation, which is a result of Christ’s work, that we have a basis for rejoicing. Since before, we had nothing, and now we have eternal life and a life with God.
It remains for man to recognize his own arrogance, and accept God and His plan, and the mandated faith in Christ and in doctrine.
For without that, man has only his arrogance, and nothing else.
These studies, are a part of the massive daily study web site at DailyBibeStudy.Org, that is easily accessible, and are written, so that you can come to Christ if you have not done so already, and therefore not be lost forever.
And if you have already believed in Christ, then these studies are written so you can learn and understand and grow in your spiritual life, so that you can come to the full knowledge of Christ, so that you can fulfill your meaning and purpose in life as God intended for you, and so you can qualify for a phenomenal eternal reward which you will have forever.
To ignore this opportunity to pursue a daily study means you will be incomplete, unfulfilled and you will lose out, big time.
The Daily Bible Study is online, making it possible as never before in all of human history, to advance in ones relationship with God, through Christ, and to complete yourself beyond your imagination.
But you have to decide to make that commitment. No one else can study for you. You have to do that yourself.