Ministry of Reconciliation
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 KJV
What I got from today’s devotion (in addition to what was in ODB) was that we have been given a ministry of reconciliation. And that we are ambassadors of Christ on earth and we are to minister the word of reconciliation – which is the gospel or the good news.
The word of reconciliation is a message of love, salvation, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Love because the Scriptures tell us that for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son to die for us so that He can bring us back to Himself and have that amazing garden of Eden relationship with us. Salvation because through the love of God embodied in Christ, we are saved. Forgiveness of sins because God does not impute our trespasses to us. He washes us clean with the blood of Jesus. And eternal life because when we believe in Jesus Christ we are saved and have eternal life even though this flesh will die.
In fact, this is the same as the Great Commission, when Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and preach the good news to all creatures. The Scriptures tell us to minister to one another (especially unbelievers) as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. We should carry out our ministry of reconciliation so that when the Master returns He will say, well done thou good and faithful servant and entrust us with more things to do for Him.