Tuesday, May 19, 2009

THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION - PART 2



In the second part of our study titled: "the ministry of reconciliation", we will look at 2 Corintians 5:18.

2 Corinthians 5:18
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

"And all things are of God", this means that all spiritual truth comes from God. Man apart from God would never know or seek Him:

Psalm 14:2
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Psalm 14:3
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Jesus said: "For without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5).

The nothing here means nothing spiritually pleasing to God:

"So then they that are in the flesh (not born again) cannot please God" (Romans 8:8).

This is why Christ had to come:

2 Corinthians 5:18
...Who (God) hath reconciled (to make an atonement/a sacrifice for) us (His people/the elect) to himself by Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

and...

"The wages of sin (our payment for our sins) is death (physical, spiritual, and if we leave this world outside of Christ and not IN CHRIST: eternal damnation) ." (Romans 6:23).

Christ came and lived a perfectly sinless life, which He offered up as a sacrifice/atonement - "reconciliation" for God's elect: those that the Father gave Him.

Jesus praying to His Father said: "That He (Christ) should give eternal life to as many as thou (the Father) hast given him" (John 17:2).

God chose them "in Christ" before the foundation of the world, and Christ came and saved them:

Matthew 1:21
And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people (the elect) from their sins.

The Father gave His elect, His people, the sheep, the church to Christ to save, and Christ saved His people. The Bible says Christ: "was raised (resurrected) again for our justification (to be declared righteous before God which we will study in our text in the third part of our study).(Romans 4:25)

What is this eternal life Christ spoke of?

Jesus tells us:

John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they (God's people) might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

To know one is IN CHRIST is to have eternal life.

Do you know that you have this life "in Christ"?

Are you trusting in Christ ALONE for all of salvation?

God has promises for His people:

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from thence (now!) thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

and...

Isaiah 55:6
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts (those who don't know if they are in Christ and want to be found in Christ): and let him return unto the LORD (seek reconcilment), and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For those of us "in Christ" our text says God has: "given to us the ministry of reconciliation": the title of our passage. God has given Christians a ministry - a service to perform.

A service of reconciliation - the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified!

Christian service is to tell others about what Christ has done!

Those of us who have been called to this ministry have a greater calling than any politician, president, movie star, whoever is not "in Christ"!

Oh what a calling!

To be called into service by none other than the KING: Jesus Christ!

By Craig Miklosik

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