Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Good Turn Deserves Another

2 Cor 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 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. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Jesus said:
"As my Father hath sent me, so send I you" Jn 20:21
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matt 10:8
"Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with:" Matt 20:23
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt 28:18-20

Obviously, this Christianity thing has everything to do with being imitators of Christ. In His physical absence, we are His replacements. We are ambassadors for Him in this foreign country. Everything He was while on earth, we are to carry on.

Here, we find that, as Christ came to this world to do the work of reconciliation, we also have been given the ministry of reconciliation.

Interesting, the Greek word for reconciliation is katallagē, pronounced, kat-al-lag-ay', sort of like “catalogue.” It means restore, adjustment, atonement. Therefore, it is our duty to restore people into a right relationship through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Simply stated, our job is to win souls.

Question: you have been assigned a ministry from heaven, how are you coming along on your assignment?

No comments: