Wednesday, May 20, 2009

THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION - PART 4



2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Let's take a close look at this verse in the final part of our study on 'the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He (the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) sin for us (not a sinner - but a sin sacrifice for believer's), who knew no sin (Jesus never sinned - a perfect sacrifice); that we (Christians) might be made the righteousness of God (declared to be not guily of our sins; holy, just) in Him (in Christ).

God has a people. In the Bible they have many names:

"My people" (2 Chronicles 7:14)

"My sheep" (John 10:27)

"God's elect" (Titus 1:1)

"My church" (Matthew 16:18)

God charged (imputed) their sins to Christ (our text): "Hath made him to be sin for us."

Jesus was legally charged by the Father as the elect's sin bearer. Jesus was only charged with His people's sins legally - He never became a sinner Himself.

The Bible says of Christ, that he was : "Separate from sinners", (Hebrews 7:26)

and that he...

"Offered himself without spot to God". (Hebrews 9:14).

The Father charged - imputed His church's sins to Christ. The doctrine of imputation is rarely taught today because we live in a day of great apostacy (departure) from the truth about Christ.

Christ's perfect life and atoning death satisfied the justice of God on behalf of His people: concerning the church of God (not that building on the corner, but His people) it is said of Christ:

Acts 20:28
...the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

In Christ's perfect life, and in His atoning (sacrificial death), He secured, purchased, the salvation of His people!

When one is born again of the Spirit - they look to Christ alone for ALL of salvation.

As their sins have been charged (imputed) to Christ, Christ's righteousness is charged (imputed) to them.

Christ's righteousness is His perfect life and atoning death imputed/charged to the Christian.

God does not charge His people with their sins for they have been charged to Christ!

And Christ's righteousness (perfect satisfaction to God's law and justice) has been charged to them!

This is the great "transaction" described in our text - the wonderful doctrine of IMPUTATION!

If you find yourself beliving in Jesus Christ ALONE for ALL your salvation: it is because:

1) God chose you to salvation,

2) He sanctified you (set you apart for Himself) by the Holy Spirit,

3) and through the Holy Spirit caused you to believe on Christ by

4) calling you through the gospel - 'the ministry of reconciliation': These truths are declared wonderfully in God's testimony.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

2 Thessalonians 2:14
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our whole text (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) speaks of those who God has reconciled and called to serve as a representative for Christ with this gospel.

Does this include you?

Christ's promise to His people:

Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, (convicted of your sins and desiring to look to Christ for ALL of salvation), and I (Jesus Christ) will give you rest.

By Craig Miklosik

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