Reconciliation to God
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- God made a way for reconciliation. (v. 18)
- God the Father is the source of the plan.
- Only God could initiate reconciliation.
- Only God can complete and effect reconciliation.
- The Way of Reconciliation? (vv. 18-19)
- The Father designated the Son as the one to accomplish His eternal purpose. (Eph. 3:8-12; John 6:38)
- Jesus Christ died so that sin might be removed and friendship with God restored. (Rom. 5:6-11)
- Reconciliation is actually “IN Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:19)
- The How of Reconciliation. (vv. 18-19)
- Back to the ministry of reconciliation. (v. 18)
- The explanation of the “ministry of reconciliation” in verse 19 reveals the substance of reconciliation.
- The Word of Reconciliation. (v. 19)
- The Word of Reconciliation is The Word of God.
- Without the “word of reconciliation,” one could neither know of reconciliation nor attain it.
- What is the “word of reconciliation?”