Blood for Blood

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (Romans 5).

Sinners are not the only enemies of God, for there are beings called angels who also oppose Him.  Yet Jesus did not die for those enemies (Hebrews 2:16), but His blood was indeed shed for billions of people.  People have trouble believing how God chooses to save some and not others, and yet they have no trouble accepting the fact that not a single devil will be saved.  Why?  Because Jesus did not die for them.  Hell is reserved for only one type — those who are unreconciled to God (Revelation 20:10,15).  

Devils will never reach out a hand to “receive” reconciliation — because it is not even offered to them.  Indeed, it cannot be offered to them because they are not flesh and blood — and it is blood that must be offered back to God for the blood that He offers in exchange.  People who remain unreconciled to God are those who do not offer their lives (flesh and blood) back to God, in service to Him in exchange for the reconciliation received from Him.  They don’t bow the knee.

But God always chooses the weak in order to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27), and thus He reconciles — He exchanges the blood of Jesus for the sins of men, and not for those of devils, and He saves those who bow down to Him in order to shame the ones who won’t.

Lord, we thank You that the blood of Jesus was shed for our blood.  Thank You for choosing us and humbling us to the point of repentance so that You might reconcile us with Yourself.  Help us to live This Day with all that we have bowed down to You.  Amen.