2 Corinthians 5:17-19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation..“
If you had to pick one key word out of these verses it would have to be the word reconciliation. It means to be restored, atoned for and to be made acceptable. In a casual sense, it means to make up and be friends again.
The glorious benefits which the Lord has given us will no doubt be our focus for all of eternity. Forever, His abundant love and incredible grace will amaze us all! We read in the verse above of how very blessed we are as believers: “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” My friend, you can’t get anything better than this ̶ the Lord Jesus has made us altogether new and our past has been removed. No longer are our trespasses credited to our account. No longer will our failures and sins stack up against us. He has made us acceptable to God the Father and He is our eternal atonement.
We are now God’s children through faith in Him. We no longer run away from Him as we once did. He convicts us of our sin and we run to Him for help and forgiveness. In addition, “He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” This means that we have the power to be peacemakers ̶ we can go about in the power of God, using His Word to bring others to Christ. What an amazing gospel! Thank God if you already know Him!
Do you know someone who needs to be reconciled to God? Commit to praying for them and ask the Lord to see if He might use you to speak these words of life to them.
– Pastor Jack
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