Through our baptism into Christ’s ongoing mission of reconciliation, our broken relationships with God, others, and the world are in the process of being made whole…reconciled. Through our baptism into the life of Christ and his mission of reconciliation, God promises us that we will be reconciled (united) with the family of the Trinity, the human family, and the world into eternity. To reconcile is to have a relationship free of conflicts, differences, or divisions; one united in harmony. In the New Testament two terms are used to describe our reconciliation with God: adoption and access.
Adoption The Father sent his Son on a mission in which the Holy Spirit adopted us into the family of the Trinity. John tells us that we become the adopted children of the Trinity through baptism. Paul tells us that through baptism we have become children of the Father and heirs (inheritors) of God (Gal 4:5). Jesus, who regularly addressed God as Father, invites us to do the same. We are to approach our heavenly Father affectionately, as we would our own earthly father (Abba/Daddy).
Access St. Paul tells us that we have access through our baptism into the fellowship of the Trinity. We have access to the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:17-18), to effect Christ’s mission of reconciliation in our world. Since we have access to the most holy place by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart (Heb 10:19-21). Through Christ’s death on the cross, he has united us with God into a new and reconciled relationship which transcends death and offers eternal life to all in his family.
Christ’s gift of reconciliation has both a vertical relationship to God, as well as a horizontal relationship to people. Paul teaches that Christ has removed the barriers that divide us (Eph 2:14). And, the power of his reconciliation extends throughout the Church, society, creation, and even the entire universe (Col 1:15-20).
Are you familiar with what the Bible teaches about the Trinity?