In the scriptures, we see a large gap between God and men due to our sin. When individuals find salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, they are taken from death to life and are given a new purpose in this present world. Jesus Christ stated in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This more abundant life has real purpose and eternal meaning as we fulfil the will of God in our lives, rather than being driven by our own desires and dreams. Now that we are saved, what does God expect of us? He expects us to follow Christ’s example and reconcile both lost souls and wandering Christians back to God.

In 2Corinthians 5:17-20, we will see God’s collective mission for us (if we choose to accept it), the ministry of reconciliation:

  • A New Creature (verse 17)
  • A New Calling (verse 18-19)
  • A New Commander (verse 20)

A New Creature


We have been created anew from a temporal and vain life to a life of good works (2Corinthians 5:17)

  1. Our Lord Jesus Christ set the pattern for the ministry of reconciliation Isaiah 1:18, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:6-8, Philippians 2:5-8, Colossians 1:20-23
  2. As new creatures, we have been created unto good (or eternal) works Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:7-8, Titus 3:8, Romans 6:4
  3. The power to be changed and to accomplish any eternal work depends on the Holy Spirit within us John 1:12, 1Corinthians 2:4-5, 2Corinthians 4:6-7, 13

A New Calling


We not only have new life, but we have a new purpose and focus in this life (2Corinthians 5:18-19)

  1. We have received the ministry to reconcile a lost world to its Creator Matthew 4:19, 1Corinthians 9:19-22, 2Timothy 1:8-11, 2Timothy 2:2
  2. We have received the word of reconciliation to speak with both grace and truth Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:15, Ecclesiastes 10:12
  3. We have received both the word and the ministry of reconciliation to seek peace and strive to keep it Romans 12:18, Romans 14:19, Ephesians 4:1-3, 2Timothy 2:24-26, Psalm 34:14

A New Commander


We no longer follow our own plans and dreams, but we represent our Lord and follow His plan (2Corinthians 5:20)

  1. Jesus is our new authority: by whom we are authorized and empowered John 20:21, Acts 26:15-18, 1Corinthians 6:19-20, 2Corinthians 2:17
  2. We have a new mandate: we are responsible to make disciples (invest the Word of God in others) and to reproduce our ministry around the world Proverbs 22:20-21, Romans 10:14-15, Romans 16:25-27
  3. We have a new responsibility: we will be held accountable 1Corinthians 4:1-2, Colossians 4:17, 1Thessalonians 2:3-4, 2Timothy 4:1-2, Proverbs 25:13

 

Digging Deeper – Learning More about Reconciliation

Below are a few simple keys to a successful negotiation when reconciling two separate parties in the business world. What are some of the biblical principles we can apply from these business negotiation tactics? Use the hints to find the Bible references.

  • Be prepared - most negotiations are won before any talking takes place. (Hint: “feet shod”)
  • Be ready with alternatives if the negotiation breaks down. (Hint: “answer every man”)
  • Be clear on expectations or requirements - do not say yes too quickly. (Hint: “a workman”)
  • Be concise - watch out for deadlines. (Hint: “redeeming the time”)
  • Be flexible to find the best deal for all parties. (Hint: “by all means save some”)

 

 Meditating on the Word:

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. 

2 Corinthians 5:20