Is God Reconciled by what God did or what the Sinner needs to Do?
One response to my question would be to point out that the Bible does not ever talk about God being reconciled. Period. Since God is timeless, there can be no such thing as before and after with God, no such thing as propitiation, no such thing as a transition from wrath to favor.
I agree that God is the subject of Reconciliation, the one who reconciles. I disagree with Socinians who deny that God is the object of His own Reconciliation.
Let me channel John Murray for a minute. First, Romans 5:17 speaks of “receiving the reconciliation”. Surely, this does not mean overcoming your enmity in order to overcome your enmity! It means to passively receive by imputation what Christ did.
Second, Matthew 5:24 (sermon on the mount) commands “leave your gift there before the altar and first be reconciled to your brother.” So, even though sinners are the objects of reconciliaton, though sinners receive it, this reconciliation is not only the overcoming of the hostility of the elect, but what God has done in Christ to overcome God’s own judicial hostility to elect sinners.