Reconciliation and not Regeneration

In 2 Corinthians Chapter 5, Paul speaks not of the process of regeneration, but the process of reconciliation. “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” This is a very interesting verse. There is no question as to the source of reconciliation: that source is unequivocally and unmistakably God. Paul knew that it was the power of God that touched his heart on the road to Damascus. For Paul goes on to say in verse 19, “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.” Twice Paul points to the process of reconciliation that belongs to God through Christ and the role of the Word in this proves of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation that God gave him to share with the lost and dying world. When Paul said, “We are ambassadors for Christ” he wanted everyone to know what that meant; he wanted people to understand that this word of reconciliation would shape the ministry of reconciliation that had been committed to him to be shared with others who needed to be reconciled to God.

In verses 20 and 21 Paul lays out this word and ministry of reconciliation. As ambassadors for Christ, it is as if God “were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Here is the splendor and simplicity of Paul’s ministry so excellently shown. God reconciles the world to Himself through the cross. He offers life in Christ as opposed to death to the world. Paul not only received this gift of reconciliation from God that resulted in a new life in Christ, he was given a responsibility as a new creation in Christ to become a conduit of this reconciliation from God to others who were lost, needing to surrender self and be reconciled to God in Christ Jesus. In Paul’s mind, life comes from Christ who overcame death, hell and the grave in the resurrection; that new life was given to him and he then became a witness to the power and provisions of Christ that were available to all who would come into His presence at His invitation and be reconciled unto God.

Grateful to be in His Grip

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2 responses to this post.

  1. You are sounding like a good Calvinist.

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  2. Wow… that is a change! LOL

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