namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
“ Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “ God with us.”
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
A Psalm of David. A Maskil. How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.
“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.