2 Corinthians 5:18-19.. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
“Now all these things are from God” summarizes Paul’s declaration that salvation is a spiritual rebirth and transformation accomplished by God alone and signifies every element of salvation A. Salvation is God’s work alone therefore it cannot be attributed to the person who is saved. Salvation is “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” to those who believe in Jesus. [Romans 6:23]
Two times vv.18-19 says that God “reconciled us to Himself through Christ” and “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”.
Paul used the term “reconcile” to describe a change of relationship between God and sinful humanity. Human sin creates a separation and enmity between a holy God and humankind; God initiated the act of reconciliation by providing His Son Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for sinners so that sinners can be reconciled to God. [Colossians 1:21-22]. Christ’s death on the cross puts away the Disciples guilt as sinners and establishes a new relationship of peace with God [Romans 5:1]. We can then have the peace of God. [Philippians 4:6-7]
In vv.18-19 Paul said God 18c“gave us the ministry of reconciliation” and 19a“He has committed to us the word of reconciliation”.
These verses give every believer the responsibility to declare the gospel of Jesus to the lost world. We cannot save the lost but we can deliver the message so God can save those who voluntarily accept the gospel message.
How focused are you on the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus gave you?
Notes A- Click for 12 Amazing chances that occur when a person believes in Jesus
Henry Luke 5/18/2018
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