DIG for Saturday the 6th of May…..we have all been given the same ministry…..2 Corinthians 5 v 18

In this verse we as born again believers are all given the same ministry.

Now, we may all have different ministries in other areas but with regards to reconciliation we all have the same ministry.

And this ministry is to tell people they have already been reconciled through the finished work of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5 v 18).

How often do we hear people being shouted at in the street by an “evangelist”?

How often do we hear people being told to repent and turn from their wicked ways?

This should not be happening.

It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.

Men should be told the good news about the finished work of Jesus; the good news that they have already been reconciled and forgiven.

The good news is that only faith is required (and not works) to benefit from this reconciliation and forgiveness.

The good news is that reconciliation has already been delivered.

Reconciliation was a work of Jesus and is not a work required from man.

This came as a gift of grace from Jesus.

Jesus brought peace and goodwill from God and completed His work on the cross.

Our job (or our ministry) as believers is to tell people this good news!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that all men has been reconciled to you through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 18…..And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation

DIG for Thursday the 4th of May…..we are now just like God…..2 Corinthians 5 v 18

We are now just like God; doesn’t that sound like a proud and arrogant statement?

It may sound that way, but if you are a born again believer it is true.

We have spoken in the last couple of days about our newly created born again spirit.

This was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

We may not have changed in our soul or body but our spirit was radically changed.

The change was so radical that our spirit is now perfect and sinless, just like Jesus.

Indeed, when God now looks at us as spirit to spirit He sees Jesus.

The Word says that as He is so are we in this present world, and this is talking about Jesus (1 John 4 v 17).

It says we are just like Jesus right now.

I know this is not talking about my soul (mind, will and emotions) or my body so it must be talking about my spirit.

My spirit and yours is of God; that is what the start of 2 Corinthians 5 v 18 is saying.

It is not prideful or arrogant to see that in our spirit we are like God, it is a Biblical truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my spirit is sinless and perfect, just like Jesus”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 18…..And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation

DIG for Thursday the 8th of December…..do you want to know what really annoys me……Luke 2 v 14

My church fellowship know that there are a few things that get me annoyed; teaching that suggests we should ask for forgiveness, dredging up sin during communion and asking God to heal us to name but a few.

Another “biggie” for me is Christmas cards that say “Peace on earth”.

Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth as men normally think (read Matthew 10 v 34 if you don’t believe me).

If Jesus came to bring peace on earth He failed!

Jesus came to bring peace to earth; He brought goodwill from God to men (Luke 2 v 14).

He brought reconciliation between man and God (2 Corinthians 5 v 18).

Jesus coming to this earth was nothing to do with peace between men (although if we truly understand His love peace will become a fruit of this understanding).

Jesus coming was all about peace between God and man.

The reconciliation of man (and subsequent forgiveness through the blood of Jesus) made it possible for all men to come into salvation and righteousness.

The Word becoming flesh was the start of the process of the possibility of us coming back into a true and meaningful relationship with God the Father.

In this context this is possibly the most important event in human history and it disturbs me that believers can get it so wrong with regards to its true meaning.

Please do me a favour this Christmas, do not send any cards that say “Peace on earth”!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and thank you for the reconciliation that came through Him”.

Luke 2 v 14…..Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men

DIG for Saturday the 29th of October…..being thankful is important…..1 Thessalonians 5 v 18

In our bible study tonight my wife started praying and I thought it was really powerful.

It was not a fancy prayer, or a loud shouting prayer; it was simply a prayer of thankfulness.

I cannot remember all the things she was thanking God for but it really spoke to me in a powerful way, and got me thinking about being thankful.

There are lots for us all to be thankful for, even in the many varied circumstances that we live under

We can all thank God for the finished work of Jesus Christ.

We can all thank God for our reconciliation and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and Ephesians 1 v 7).

We can all thank God for our salvation.

We can all thank God that we have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

If you are born again you may be having difficulties and problems in this life.

There may be things that you cannot thank God for right now, however there are plenty of things you can be thankful for; I have just listed a number of them!

Even in hard times we can be thankful; this is what we read in 1 Thessalonians 5 v 18.

We are to give thanks in all things, and God would not ask us to do this if it were not possible.

You have plenty of things to be thankful for, it is your responsibility to recognise this.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that I have been given as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus”.

1 Thessalonians 5 v 18…..In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you

DIG for Monday the 3rd of October…..sometimes I just cannot get my head round what He has done…..John 1 v 14

Most Sunday morning you will hear me preaching about the finished work of Jesus Christ in some form or another.

Sometimes however I just cannot get my head around the enormity of this statement, the finished work of Jesus.

For a start He was the Son of God yet God Himself.

Since before time He was in the splendour of Heaven yet His love for me was so large that He became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1 v 14).

And as a man He suffered the most brutal death in order to bring me reconciliation and forgiveness (1 Corinthians 5 v 18 and Ephesian 1 v 7).

What a work, a perfectly perfect and finished work.

Another amazing truth is that He did this for every single man that has ever lived.

Yes, He did it for you!

God Almighty became a man and suffered so that you could come into relationship with God the Father, that is truly amazing.

As well as thinking about what He did I often ask this simple question, why?

He did this because of love, He loves me and He loves you.

Take some time this afternoon to ponder these truths and tell yourself that God loves you so much that it pleased Him to crush, pulverise and mutilate the body of His Son (Isaiah 53 v 10).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

John 1 v 14…..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (And we beheld his glory as of the Father,) full of grace and truth

DIG for Saturday the 16th of July…..we need to know there was a then and there is a now…..Romans 6 v 14

One of the things we must understand as a believer is that “things change” as we go through the Bible.

To steal a phrase that I heard Barry Bennett say recently, “we need to know that there was a then and there is a now”.

For instance there was a then when people lived under the old covenant and now we live under the new covenant.

There was a then when people lived under law and now we live under grace (Romans 6 v 14).

There was a then when the Holy Spirit came and went but now He has come and has never left.

There was a then when revelation was drip fed to prophets and now we live in a time when the full revelation through Jesus Christ has been revealed (Hebrews 1 v 1 and 2).

God Himself has not changed however how He deals with mankind has changed, and it changed at the cross.

Before the cross, then, sin was an issue but now after the finished work of Jesus Christ sin is no longer an issue; our sin has been dealt with once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14) and we have been forgiven (Ephesians 1 v 7) and reconciled (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

There was a then and there is a now, and it went from then to now at the cross.

As Jesus said, “It is finished” everything changed and the world entered a new era, under a new covenant, under grace.

I thank the Lord that we live now, in a time that David sang of saying, “Blessed is he whose transgressions is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under the new covenant, under grace”.

Romans 6 v 14…..For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

DIG for Wednesday the 18th of May…..forgiveness and reconciliation for all, but you still have to make a choice…..John 3 v 16

We seem to be getting bombarded these days with the doctrine of universalism, i.e. the belief that everyone is already saved through the finished work of Jesus.

I think this is a cunning plan of the enemy; if he cannot get men to stop believing in God then maybe he can get them to believe we have all been saved already.

The Word however is very clear on the matter in that there has to be a choice made by every individual with regards to Jesus.

Yes, because of the finished work of Jesus, everyone has been forgiven (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Yes, because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, everyone has been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

However in order to be saved and made righteous (and receive the benefits of forgiveness and reconciliation) a man must believe these truths and must believe in Jesus and what He has done.

In order to be saved from perishing a man must believe in Jesus (John 3 v 16).

In order to be saved a man must believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and was raised from the dead (Romans 10 v 9).

The fact that a choice has to be made is there in black and white in the Word of God.

Universalism does not stand up to scrutiny if you rightly divide the Word.

The Word says that God wants all to be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9), but Jesus Himself stated that many were walking on the path to destruction.

Universalism is as dangerous as atheism, and will keep people from an eternity with the Lord.

Choosing Jesus to be his Lord and Saviour is a choice every man needs to make for himself.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that salvation and righteousness are available as free gifts, and thank You that I have chosen to accept them”.

John 3 v 16…..For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life