“GOD was in CHRIST, reconciling the world unto HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
(2 Corinthians 5:19)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Very few unsaved people today have ever really heard the good news. Why? Because too many Christians are busy telling the world GOD is mad at them. And telling them that they’re terrible and wrong. Some call that good news, but it’s not, and it’s not what GOD has commissioned us to share.
HE’s given us the “word of reconciliation”!
HE’s sent us to tell the news that GOD has restored harmony and fellowship between HIMSELF and men. All men. Not just believers. Not just the people in your congregation, but everyone!
That’s right. The worst old reprobate sinner in the world is every bit as reconciled to GOD as you are. Look at Romans 5:10 and you’ll see what I mean. It says that “when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10 For if, while we were GOD’s enemies, we were reconciled to HIM through the death of HIS SON, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through HIS life!)
Reconciled. That word is past tense. GOD has already restored fellowship between HIMSELF and the world. HE did it when there was not one person on earth except JESUS who believed in the new birth. HE did it when the entire world was lying in sin.
Through the death and resurrection of JESUS, GOD has cleansed and forgiven and restored to HIMSELF every man, woman and child on the face of this earth. All any of us have to do now is receive that good news by accepting JESUS as our LORD and SAVIOUR.
That’s the good word GOD has given us. That’s the word we need to share with those who are lost. If we’ll do it, I can almost guarantee you, they won’t stay lost very long.
Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 5:10-21
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of CHRIST, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the LORD, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to GOD, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for GOD; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For CHRIST’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And HE died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for HIM who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded CHRIST in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, the new creation has come: 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 for us, so that in HIM we might become the righteousness of GOD.