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2 Corinthians 5:18, "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation..."

Think of the Church and what we do as the Church as just that — the ministry of reconciliation.  What is "all this" that the verse says?  Prior to this, St. Paul says in verse 17 that we are a new creation in Christ — that the old has passed away and the new has come.  That is, our old flesh in Adam has died (original sin) and our new selves born again in Christ has come (His Spirit within us).  All of that comes from God.  How did God reconcile us to Himself through Christ?  Well, just read on to verse 21, which says, "For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."  In short, God became man and took upon Himself the sins of the entire world so that whoever believes should not perish but have eternal life (hence John 3:16), and thus His righteousness was imputed to us (all believers) on the cross.  We were enemies of God, yet in His death Christ reonciled us to Him (restored friendly relations).  The believer is no longer God's enemy, but adopted as God's child (Ephesians 1:5).  So, we the Church — the ministry of reconciliation — are to tell the whole world of this reconciliation to God as Christ has commissioned us to do (Matthew 28:18-20).
 


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01/11/2017 11:09pm

Did God and Jesus really told you to so that? How can you prove it?

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