For the past few articles I have been writing about one of my favorite passages of scripture, 2 Cor 5:17-21. So far, we have looked at five characteristics of ambassadorship, and the process God uses to reconcile ourselves back to Him. This week we will look at the how God makes His appeal through us. What a sentence! “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us”. Take a moment to slow down enough to re-read that sentence and think about what it really says and means.
Almighty God, who spoke all that is into existence, who knows the number of grains of sand, and the hairs on your head, who controls your next breath, who holds the world in His hands; He who is matchless, magnificent beyond our imagination, full of power, grace, mercy, and always faithful; God has chosen to make His appeal to the world through everyday people like us.
The biblical facts are that if you know Christ as your personal Savior then God has given you the message and ministry of reconciliation. God has entrusted His message of reconciliation, hope, and restoration to us. His message goes like this according to 2 Cor 5:19; “God is reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them”.
God is “appealing” to mankind to turn their hearts back to Him; that His has forgiven them through the sacrifice of His own Son, and is no longer holding their sin against them, but instead has created a way for them to have direct access to Him and a personal relationship with His through Christ. But He has chosen to make His appeal through us. You and I are how God intends to communicate His love and offer of forgiveness, grace and mercy to our friends, family, and neighbors. Sobering thought, isn’t it?
The last concept from 2 Cor 5:17-21; “God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.” All of the sin of all mankind (past, present, and future) was nailed to the cross with Jesus. We will never truly understand the true cost of salvation and forgiveness. God “made” the sinless and blameless Jesus to become my and your personal sin so that He could forgive us and reconcile us back to Himself.
Paul was pleading with the people in Corinth, “I implore you”, to be reconciled back to God. Paul understood his personal sinfulness, as well as the grace and mercy God had shown him. Paul wanted all people to experience the same kind of reconciliation back to God that he had experienced.
God made Jesus become our sin so He could redeem us, reconcile us, and give us His righteousness. As you walk through today dealing with that today brings with it; victories and losses, easy things and frustrating things, sorrow and joy, and so on. You have been redeemed; purchased by God. God has forgiven you, reconciled you, and has a purpose for you. So regardless what today holds, remember you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.