What a beautiful doctrine is that of reconciliation! It is wonderfully unfolded in ” Corinthians 5:18 to 6:2:
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,
“In a favourable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favourable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Here we establish four principles:
- God initiates reconciliation (vv18-19a). This mighty act is accomplished through Christ. We are not the initiators of this process. We find ourselves at enmity with God through our sin, but it is God who sets about the task of bringing forth reconciliation. Oh what grace this is. He reconciles us. We do not reconcile ourselves.
- We are engaged as ambassadors of the message of reconciliation message (vv19b-20). It is the reconciled who declare reconciliation. This makes us think immediately about how we can never be indifferent messengers. Our declaration is an imploration. We passionately long for people to come into the good of reconciliation. If the ungoldy doubt that you passionately long for their reconciliation then there is something wrong with your ambassadorial ministry.
- God has made reconciliation (v21). would remind us that Christ has taken our sin so that we might receive God’s righteousness. This is surely the greatest good news. It is the gospel encapsulated..
- We need to be responding to this message (vv1-2). Reconciliation will float around as some nice abstract theory unless we grab hold of this reconciliation and make it our own. And we need to do it now. After all we only have today. And we must be reconciled to God. So come to Christ and be reconciled to God.