God has called every one of us for a purpose and that purpose or the ministry is the ministry of reconciliation.
What does ministry of Reconciliation mean?
Ministry means “to serve”
Reconciliation means “to restore the friendly relations”
Humans were in constant search to be reconciled with God.
But it had been an impossible task for every human.
Humans have searched, tried through offerings, sacrifices, struggled, living a very holy life but nothing could build the broken bridge between God and man.
The impossible task was fulfilled by Jesus on the cross by shedding His precious blood, by takes the stripes, nails and the crown of thorns on his body. He took the blame so that His death will reconcile us with God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Last week we heard from the Word of God that we need to accept one another and care for one another and this week God is speaking to us through this passage that
If anyone is in Christ – it is not everyone but the word “if” makes a difference.
If we are in Christ then it applies. There are certain things that can be fulfilled only if they belong to so and so group.
In Churches we know that if they are the member of the Church then they have the right to use so and so facilities.
If we are in Christ then we are new creation and old has gone and new is here.
Today there is an invitation from God to everyone of us who haven’t still accepted Christ or who are not in Christ.
Time to accept or to be in Christ so that all our old self will be gone and new will come.
Firstly we see that God reconciled or restored us through Jesus Christ and then he gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
Paul is the only New Testament writer to use the noun katallage (reconciliation) and verb katallasso (to reconcile).
The basic idea is to change or make otherwise.
The initiative now is with God who changes a relationship of enmity to one of friendship. This is accomplished through Christ, that is, through his death on the cross.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Dear Church we have been reconciled through Jesus Christ. Let us all shout an hallelujah.
First, the verb is passive. It is not that we must reconcile ourselves to God–as would be the case with the Greeks or Romans vis-à-vis their gods. Rather, we are to be reconciled, that is, to accept what God has already achieved.
For all that remains for humankind to do is to receive what God has effected
Second, the gospel minister’s job is not to bring about reconciliation but to announce what has already occurred.
Yet how can they receive it unless they have heard about it? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them (Rom 10:14-15)?
“How beautiful . . . are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Is 52:7). The demand for heralds remains a pressing one today. For the need is still as desperate and the news just as vital.
How did God reconcile with us?
Vs. 19 – that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
Good news is this that we are reconciled to God through God and God did this by not counting our sins. What a good news God is not counting our sins.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Now after being reconciled now God is giving us the ministry of reconciliation.
Now we are Christ’s ambassadors and now all we need to do is to preach the message of reconciliation.
Church let us take our ministry with seriousness. People are still trying to find the way and they are struggling by not being reconciled with God and they are still in the process of doing all rituals and norms and practices and traditions. God has called us to proclaim the message of reconciliation.
Our ministry is to preach reconciliation as Christ’s ambassadors.