In the recent post on Penal Substitution much was made about Charles Wesley's supposed endorsement of PS in the hymn And Can it Be? (something I do not see by the way).
But it called to mind an explicit statement of Wesley's in another classic hymn Arise my Soul Arise
In the four verse we read the follow:
My God is reconcilled
His pardoning voice I hear
He owns me for His child
I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh (2x)
And, Father Abba Father, Cry
We traditionally think of atonement (or at least we emphasize it more) in terms of the reconciliation of humanity to God with God in Christ being the active agent of reconciliation. The perfect example of this is 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 especially v. 19: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Now I am certainly not suggesting that C. Wesley's statement negates the above in any way, but it introduces this idea of God having been reconciled so what do you make of that?