# 2 The Ministry of Reconciliation

# 2 The Ministry of Reconciliation

By Pastor Bill

Renewing Our Mission

In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul tells us that God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ. To reconcile means to win over or bring into agreement or harmony. The Greek word is katallage, which means to exchange. Jesus took our sins and trespasses and exchanged them for His righteousness in order to bring us into harmony with God. Our sins separated us from God, but now Christ has taken away our sins and made us righteousness. God is a holy God, and we are now holy or righteous because of the blood of Christ. He has reconciled us to Himself.

(2 Corinthians 5:18-20) “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, {19} namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. {20} Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Paul goes on to tell us more about reconciliation. Now that we have been reconciled with God, He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. You and I have been commanded to share the gospel with others so that they can also be reconciled to God. We are to freely give of what we have received. We have been given forgiveness from God, and we are to share the good news about forgiveness with others so that they can also be forgiven, and be at peace with God.

Because we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, we are therefore called ambassadors. An ambassador is “a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative.” We are official representatives of the kingdom of God here on earth. We are official representatives of the highest rank sent by God to do official business on His behalf.

Having grown up overseas, we greatly appreciated having an American Embassy. The American Ambassador worked at the Embassy, and anytime we needed a passport or anything else, the Ambassador had authority to help us. We did not have to send our passports to the United States and wait for months to things to get done. Problems and concerns got worked out immediately.

As believers, our citizenship is in heaven, not here on earth. We are in this foreign place to help the people here with any problems or needs that they have. We are to share with them the message of reconciliation so that they can have peace with God.

Lord, help us be great ambassadors in the East Mountains. Amen.

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