Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ambassadors for Christ


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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21, New King James Version

Ambassadors for Christ

If you are not familiar with this passage in 2 Corinthians 5, I highly recommend that you take some time to just meditate on the verses shown above, and even commit them to memory.

Though this is not a new theme, it is something we, as Christians, need to take very seriously. We are not the same person we once were! In Christ, we are a new creation. Indeed, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Is this because we have such inherent greatness in us that we were able to come to Christ by ourselves, and therefore save ourselves?

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

No! All things are of God! He reconciled us to Himself. Because of the blood of Christ shed for our sins, God does not impute our sins to us, but instead reconciles us to Him for all eternity!

What is our responsibility? We are ambassadors for Christ! We stand before the unconverted world as ambassadors of the righteousness of God, through Christ.

Oh what an amazing God we have!

God Bless You,
Linda

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