Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He committed to us the message of reconciliation.

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciliation is “the restoration of friendly relation.” So when we see here that we have been reconciled to God we understand what that means. We were enemies of God, living in sin, but then Christ came along. He came to earth, died and was resurrected, all to restore our good relationship with the Father. Because of Christ we are once again friends of God.
I say it again: we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Now to keep it straight, we in no way are the ones doing the reconciling. That was and is Jesus. He already did it. No more work has to be done. Our ministry lies in spreading the news. We must tell others what Christ has already accomplished.
Now we see here that God wants to bring the whole world back onto good terms with Him. In Christ, God counts no sin against the one who committed it and He wants all men to come to the knowledge of Him through Christ. That is His desire and that is the message we have been given. It is now our responsibility to tell others this news; the message of reconciliation.
This ministry is not specific to anyone, we all have it and it is our responsibility to share the message with everyone we come in contact with. Help them to come to know Jesus, the reconciler. God has called you to do this every day; in your workplace, your school, or wherever else you may find yourself. People are dying and we must share with them the story of Jesus. We must show them the Love and take part in the ministry that God has called us to.

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