All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 ESV
John MacArthur put it this way: “Paul was committed to the proclamation of the gospel, unstintingly, unhesitatingly, and unreservedly. And that is what we are called to do. We announce that God can be reconciled to doomed sinners, the greatest news the world has ever heard. If you look at just the enmity between God and man, it might appear at first hopeless. A perfect, infinite, holy, flawless, righteous God whose justice must be satisfied by the punishment of all who have violated His laws and standing under the looming sword of judgment is the helpless sinner who can’t please God at all and cannot change his condition. A holy God whose justice must be satisfied, a helpless sinner who can do nothing at all to satisfy it. Man, then stands in a doomed position. The relationship seems irreversible. And frankly, from man’s side it is. Happily, from God’s side, it is not.”
Leader, Continuing MacArthur’s thought: “There is actually a way to satisfy God’s justice. to satisfy His wrath and vengeance against sin, and still reconcile sinners. That is the supreme and sublime reality, that is our message, that is what we preach. We can get caught on all kinds of peripheral issues. We can…we can find ourselves messing around with the fringe elements. But sooner or later this is the core of everything we do. God can be reconciled to sinners. And to us is committed that ministry of reconciliation by preaching the word of reconciliation. A.T. Robertson, many years ago, said, “The pulpit is the Golgotha on which the preacher gives his life for the reconciliation of the world.” This is our calling.” Are you answering the call?
Conduit, Reconciliation is a divine provision by which God’s holy displeasure against man was appeased; hostility removed- relation restored! “For if while we were sinners we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10) Reconciliation is by the WILL OF GOD. Sinners- you and me; have NO POWER to satisfy God’s anger, NO POWER to satisfy God’s holy justice, NO POWER to satisfy God’s standard of righteousness. We can change nothing on our own, nor do we initiate! Sinners are simply offenders who have broken the law of God and therefore are banished eternally from God’s presence. Any change that is going to come about in that relationship has to come from God! This is the GOSPEL: God so loved sinners that He sought a way of reconciliation. He sought a way to make sinners His friends while maintaining His ‘JUSTness’. If RECONCILIATION was going to happen- it was on HIM! The falsity of ALL RELIGIONS is based on the premise that somehow man can find a means by which to somehow mitigate the hostility of God. GOD chose you, GOD LOVED you first, GOD SOUGHT you, and GOD reconciled you to HIM! God did all the work; IT IS FINISHED! GIVE HIM ALL the GLORY! Amen!