“11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (ESV)
More than what? “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10 ESV). We rejoice because we have received reconciliation. The King James Version uses the word “atonement” which is better translated reconciliation which the New King James Version uses.
We rejoice or joy is better seen as to boast or glory. Now we also boast in God. We have nothing to boast about ourselves but we have lots to boast about our Father. In fact, it is through Jesus whom the Father sent that we have reconciliation.
Reconciliation is an exchange denoting “a change on the part of one party, induced by an action on the part of another; in the NT, the reconciliation of men to God by His grace and love in Christ.” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words) This exchange was totally the work of grace through Jesus. It is His work alone on the Cross that exchanged enmity with sonship. It removed any speck of separation from God. Jesus did what we could not do. We could not reconcile ourselves. There was no good work, good behavior, self-righteousness, personal holiness, or obedience to a law that could reconcile our fallen state with a holy God.
But now we can rejoice. Jesus did provide us with the gift of reconciliation. We have now received it. Jesus provided it for every person in the world. Everyone could be saved and reconciled to God if they simply received His finished work on the Cross. It’s that simple. Our part is to believe. We can’t work for it. It’s by grace. It came through Jesus. He did the work. All we need to is receive His gift.
Since we have been reconciled and the veil of separation was torn down we can rejoice. We can exult in our Savior. We rejoice in His finished work. We joy in our reconciliation.