We finish our study on reconciliation where it all began on day one…2 Corinthians 5:17-21. So that means we’ve now come full circle, and that reconciliation is taught so well here that we need to look at it again. For the purpose of today’s study we’re actually looking at verses 20 and 21, but this hole passage of scripture is important to read over and over again until you come to the revelation that reconciliation was all about God, and not about us.
So…let’s look at our scriptures for today. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though 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.
The first thing that we read is that we are ambassadors or as the Amplified puts it…representatives of Christ. So, let me make something about as clear as I can possibly make it…the only way we properly and authentically represent Christ is when we teach the ministry of reconciliation…and if we preach anything other than this version found here in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 we are misrepresenting Christ…and therefore no longer ambassadors of Christ.
If you are teaching people that they need to be baptized in order to be reconciled to God…you are not an ambassador of Christ…and you are misrepresenting Him…and when you stand before Him you will answer for every misleading word you preached, and for all of the people whom you have lead astray.
If you are preaching that people need to speak in tongues in order to be reconciled to God…you are not being an ambassador for Christ…and you are misrepresenting Him…and when you stand before Him you will answer for every misleading word you preach, and for all of those whom you have lead astray.
If you are preaching that people need to clean up their lives before they can be reconciled to God…you are not an ambassador for Christ…and you are misrepresenting Him…and when you stand before Him you will answer fro every misleading word you preached, and for all of those whom you have lead astray.
If you teach any other possible way to earn, work for, or attain by any other means other than receiving reconciliation by faith in what Jesus did for us, that reconciliation with God is our responsibility, and that full reconciliation with God is dependent in any way shape or form upon us…then you are not an ambassador for Christ…and you are misrepresenting Him…and you will also answer for every misleading word you preach…and you will also answer for every single person you have lead astray.
The Bible is very clear here that there is only ONE message when it comes to the ministry of reconciliation…and that is that you are reconciled to God not because of anything you do, anything you can do, or anything you try to do. Reconciliation in no way, shape or form is your responsibility. Reconciliation is not dependent upon you, and requires nothing of you. Reconciliation with God is just as free as salvation, redemption, healing, restoration, and everything else that was purchased on the Cross by the Blood of Jesus.
We are ambassador’s of Christ, and if we preach anything other than what is written here about the ministry of reconciliation we are misrepresenting Christ…period…end of discussion.
God wanted us to understand that every possible thing that was between us and a fully reconciled relationship with Him was made public by putting it all upon the Jesus Christ. What the Cross did is this: It brought everything that was in the dark hidden places that was keeping us from having a right relationship with God, and made it all public. Every single solitary sin that could ever and would be committed was on display on the Cross in Jesus. That’s what the Bible means when it says that He mad Him who knew no sin to BE sin so that we may become the righteousness of God in Christ. God did this. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
I don’t know how to make this anymore clear to you. What God did with the Cross was absolutely perfect, flawless, and without error. There was no mistakes, there wasn’t anything left out, there weren’t any unknown sins that man could or would ever commit that God didn’t know about when He made Jesus sin, and when Jesus cried out “It is finished”…part of what was finished was man’s having to work, strive, and try to attain what was no only attainable through what He did on the Cross. At the very moment that Jesus cried out asking why God forsook Him Jesus was entirely sin, sickness, and disease. (you would know this if you ever read Isaiah chapter 53)…and at that moment all sin was judged, punished, and paid for in full by Jesus Christ.
If you teach or preach anything else…you are misrepresenting Christ…and what you are saying is that what God did and said was full pleasing and acceptable…and reconciled man to Himself was not enough. If you teach or preach anything else you are putting a burden or responsibility on people that they will not, and cannot ever bear…because it was never theirs to bear.
I’ve spent alot of time this morning scolding those of you who are misrepresenting Christ, and you will be held accountable for doing so. These are not my warnings…these are from the Lord Himself…and if you have a problem or take issue with what I’m writing today…maybe you ought to take up your problems and issues with Him…and see if you can get God to agree that your right and He is wrong.
Listen. All throughout this series. The Words of Jesus have been ringing out loud and clear. No matter what version of the Bible you look it. It all says the same thing…Jesus said; I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life; NO one comes to the Father except by Me.
That is the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus preached the ministry of reconciliation in one verse. The only way to be reconciled to God is through HIM. Period. End of Story. If you have an issue with it…take it up with Jesus.
For the rest of us who are interested in representing Christ correctly, and truly being ambassadors for Christ…then we will preach this message and only this message when it comes to the ministry of reconciliation.
Today, right now, at this very moment you have the opportunity to be perfectly, and flawlessly reconciled to God. If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, and are trying to attain that which is only available through Jesus Christ…then today is the day to do just what the thief on the cross did…and be reconciled to God.
“Dear Jesus, I want you to come into my heart! THANK you for dying on the cross for my sins so that I could be fully accepted by you. I receive you right now today ans Lord and Savior. Thank you for forgiving me, completely reconciling me, and giving me eternal life with God. I give my heart to you. In Jesus name I pray…Amen”
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer