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The Ministry of Reconciliation

freddy June 19, 2020


Background

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. ” 2 Corinthians 5:18

The minister in Christ is called to participate in the present-day ministry of Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul presents this unique ministry in the New Testament as the ministry of reconciliation. Many ministers in the Church today speak of various connotations of ministry; some would say they have the “healing ministry,” and others would say they have “the ministry of deliverance.” Every office within the Church, every grace gift within the construct of the government of the household of God, focuses on the ministry of reconciliation. God has reconciled the whole world unto Himself. The term “world” is the Greek word “cosmos,” and it refers to the planet and its inhabitants. God has reconciled creation to Himself.

As ministers of the Gospel, our message to the world is not a discourse of hostility but a language of reconciliation.

In Christ, there has been a transition from the Old to the New. In His crucifixion, death, and burial, old things, the Adamic nature, sin, and even death passed away. In His quickening, raising, and seating, He made all things new (2 Cor. 5:17). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the New Creation, and this New Creation race is exempt from the fall. Sin and all its consequences, including sickness, disease, infirmity, the curse of the law, and even death, are no longer associated with the New Man.

All things have been reconciled to God and are now of God. Humanity has been restored to favor with God and brought into a whole relationship. What was previously inferior has now been brought into equality with God. Unfortunately, many people think that they determine their reconciliation and the quality of their relationship with God. However, reconciliation begins and ends with God. Paul presents to us four aspects of the ministry of reconciliation:

  • God was in Christ: When the Logos was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, He did not just become a man. God in Christ has taken up all humanity in Himself reconciling them unto Himself. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the inseparable oneness between God and man. It is called the hypostatic union.
  • The Extent of this Reconciliation: What we see in Jesus is true of all humanity. We have been summed up in the one man, Christ Jesus.
  • The Father does not impute our Trespasses Unto us: Our sin, transgressions, and offenses are not held into account against us because they have been imputed into the account of Jesus Christ. 
  • He has committed unto us the Word of Reconciliation: Our reconciliation is so complete that He sends us to administer this message to the world. Our message to the world is not a discourse of hostility but a language of reconciliation. 

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For in-depth studies on the subject, get the teaching “The ministry of Reconciliation” by Dr. Shawn Smith 

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