Ephesians 2:12-13 (NIV) – Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
“Remarkably, a situation of enmity, both ‘horizontal’ (humans to humans) and ‘vertical’ (humans to God), has been resolved through the shedding of blood that is not the blood of the enemy. Shedding one’s own blood is not the normal Roman, or human, way of treating enemies—or of creating peace… The outcome is the glorious privilege of shared access to the triune God—in Christ, through the Spirit, to the Father.” [Michael Gorman, Apostle of the Crucified Lord]
I love how Paul writes here: Remember… Do you remember a time when you were far away? Do you remember that time when you had no idea who God was? Do you remember that time when you were without the hope that you now have? But now in Christ Jesus, you have been brought near by his blood. This is biblical reconciliation. Note that in all passages about reconciliation, it is about God bringing us near to him. He rescued us as he initiated this process. We had no idea what was going on, until we saw Jesus. God reconciled us to himself.