Who Is Reconciled?

Ellet J. Waggoner

The Present Truth : July 18, 1901

Who Is Reconciled?—The hymn containing the verse beginning, “My God is reconciled” is still found in some hymnbooks, and some people still sing it. Aside from that it is good; but what idea can those who sing it have of God? To what is God reconciled? Is it to sin? That is a fearful charge to bring against Him. You say, “Oh, no; not to sin, but to the sinner.” Well, that amounts to the same thing.
Change the line, and read it thus, “To God I’m reconciled,” and you may sing it as heartily as you please. God never had any enmity in His heart toward anybody; therefore there is no need for Him to be reconciled. But the carnal mind is enmity against God, and “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.” Christ takes away the enmity,—the carnal mind,—and gives the mind of the Spirit which makes us one with God. It is sad that few Christians think while they sing, and so they do nothing with the Spirit and the understanding also.