on “the ministry”

Did you know we are all called to it?  Why yes, it’s true.  If you are a Christian, that is, a person who is trusting in Christ alone for your salvation from the wrath that is to come, you are called to “the ministry.”  Whatever do I mean you ask??  Well, i’m glad you asked.  Consider the following from 2 Corinthians 5:

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 reconciliation19 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 reconciliation20 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.

So you may be wondering, what is this ministry of which you speak?  It is the ministry of reconciliation.  No, it wasn’t just Paul’s job or the Pastor’s job or the Evangelist’s job to reconcile people to God – it is the Christian’s job.  The moment you became a Christian you were called to the ministry of reconciliation.

See, when Paul uses “us” and “we,” in most cases, though not always, it might be what you could call a “corporate” we or us.  Maybe like the Spanish “nosostros”?  A plural “we” of sorts.  And not just him and the guys writing with him, but Paul and his audience, you and me, the reader.

God didn’t just reconcile Paul or Timothy, or Silvanus, or your Pastor, Teacher, Evangelists.  He reconciled all of us, and through Christ, gave all of us the ministry of reconciliation.  We are ALL ambassadors for Christ!  And as his ambassadors we have a message we bear to others on his behalf – the message of reconciliation.

It’s interesting ambassador is used here in conjunction with the ministry of reconciliation.  Isn’t it the case that in some countries what we call ambassadors others might call “minister of…”  Well, we are all ministers of Christ.  Ministers have a message.  The message is that God has reconciled humanity to himself through the atoning work of Christ on the cross!

It’s a great message, and it’s a great ministry!  :-)

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