Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
This promise comes right after the powerful verse where Paul tells us we are new creatures in Christ.
You might notice the word “reconcile” in this promise.
It not a word we use a lot. It means to bring together or to change thoroughly.
It’s the picture of two enemies who have been brought back together. They move from being enemies to friends.
God has reconciled us to Him.
Because of His love, He took the first step in reconciliation. Through Jesus Christ, although we were once enemies, we are now friends of God.
Reconciliation is not just salvation.
It is not only having your sin forgiven (although that would be enough), but it is a complete change of relationship. So many Christians know their sins are forgiven, but they never live in this new relationship reconciliation brings. They don’t see they have moved from being an enemy of God to being a close friend.
He is your friend, and you are His friend.
Reconciliation also has to do with impartation. When Christ was on the cross, your sins were deposited on Him. When He rose from the grave, His righteousness was deposited on you. You are reconciled with God because your sin has been removed, and His righteousness is on you.
Since you are a new creature and have the righteousness of Christ in you, God has called you to a ministry of reconciliation. You are to help move your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to be reconciled to God.
As you mature in your walk with God, you grow more and more like Christ. The more you are like Christ, the more you have a heart for reconciling others to God. You really can’t be walking in the power of Christ and not have a desire for those around you become friends of God.
Look at that promise again.
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:18
Make this confession.
I have been reconciled with Christ.
My sins have been forgiven and removed.
His righteousness has been imparted to me.
God has given me the ministry of bringing others into a relationship with Him.
In Jesus name,
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Are you living as a friend of God? Do you have a ministry of reconciliation? Let me know in the comments below.