DIG for Monday the 8th of May…..we have another job along with the ministry of reconciliation…..2 Corinthians 5 v 20

We have seen recently that Paul talks about us, as born again believers, having the ministry of reconciliation.

We all have this ministry.

He carries on in this passage by telling us about another “job” that we all have.

We are all ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5 v 20).

An ambassador is the representative of a king or government in a foreign country.

They have the authority to speak and act on behalf of their sovereign or nation.

So in this world we speak for Christ and his Kingdom.

We are the representatives of Christ here on earth.

We have His authority and should be acting and speaking on his behalf.

We should be doing what we saw our King doing when He was on earth.

And indeed this is what Christ told His disciples (and us) while He was on earth.

We are to do greater things than He did, is what Jesus said!

The church (you and me) is the hands and mouths of Jesus on the earth.

Through the enabling of the Holy Spirit we can lay hands on the sick and see them healed, we can cast out demons and yes, we can raise the dead.

We can do all these things, as we are His ambassadors!

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that you have empowered us with your Holy Spirit to allow us to be your ambassadors here on earth”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 20…..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

DIG for Sunday the 7th of May…..He’s doing what with our sins…..2 Corinthians 5 v 19

Yesterday we saw that God has already reconciled us to Himself through no work of our own but through the finished work of Jesus.

This has huge implications for us, not least of how God sees our sin.

Yes, we have all fallen short of the glory of God and indeed were all born sinners.

Yes, we are all still prone to falling and doing stupid things in our current lives.

We all had sin on our lives that separated us from God the Father.

However through the finished work of Jesus all our sin (indeed the sin of the whole world) has been paid for and dealt with.

God is not holding our sin against us any more.

This is what the word imputing means; He is not counting our sin against us, He is not looking for any further payment for sin.

He has chosen to forget about our sin; the Word says He will remember our sins and iniquities no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

Many think that if we sin we need to ask for forgiveness, we need to get that sin “under the blood”.

This is not a Biblical attitude, as all sin (past, present and future) has already been dealt with on the cross and forgiveness and reconciliation has already been provided.

God is no longer imputing any sin against any man.

Now that is not an excuse to sin; if you think like that you really have not grasped the significance of your forgiveness and reconciliation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are not imputing any sin against me now thanks to the finished work of Jesus”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 19…..To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them: and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation

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 Friday the 5th of May…..we have been reconciled and we did nothing…..2 Corinthians 5 v 18

The thing that makes true Christianity unique is the fact that God Himself reached out to mankind.

In every religion around the world we see mankind reaching out to God through rituals and traditions, trying to receive His blessings and forgiveness.

Every religion recognises the shortcomings of man and tries to make up for this with their own works and efforts.

This does not work and will never work.

However this is not necessary.

Yes, all men have come short of the glory of God and require something to be done to bring them back into favour and relationship with God.

But this “thing” has already been done.

God Himself, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, has provided the reconciliation required.

At the cross Jesus took our place and dealt with the sin issue once and for all.

Sin is no longer an issue for God, and forgiveness and reconciliation have been given.

Yes, given, given as a gift.

Now all mankind can reap the benefits of this with the simple act of faith.

We do not require to do anything to be reconciled to God, He has done this already through Jesus(2 Corinthians 5 v 18).

We now use faith in Jesus and we receive the benefits of this reconciliation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already 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 Wednesday the 30th of March….His work is finished and we have so much through it…..Hebrews 10 v 12

At our bible study the other night someone said that we need to know who we are in Christ; this is such an important truth, and I’ve been pondering it today.

Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and as a gift of grace through faith….

…..I have been unconditionally and completely forgiven.

…..I have been made righteous.

…..I have been healed.

…..I have been made prosperous.

…..I have been reconciled to God and been redeemed.

…..I am a child of God, having been adopted into His family.

…..I am now living under grace and not law.

…..I have been blessed with all spiritual blessings.

…..and I could go on and on and on.

The same is true for you my friend, if you are a born again believer who has put your trust and faith in Jesus and His finished work.

Who we are in Christ is our real identity, and it is this identity that we should identify with.

Believing these truths will have an impact on our lives.

Believing these truths will see our mind renewed and see positive transformation in our lives.

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

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God

DIG for Tuesday the 8th of March…..we have all been chosen, but we need to choose to benefit…..Ephesians 1 v 4

Each of us has our own doctrine, teachings that we believe with regards to the Lord.

I have my doctrines, and one is that pre-destination is not about God planning, controlling and running every event in our lives, with some chosen to be saved and some not chosen.

But Vic, Ephesians 1 v 4 seems to say that this is the case.

My understanding of verse 4 is quite different from what I would call traditional Calvinistic doctrine.

I believe that God wants every single person to come to Him and receive salvation (2 Peter 3 v 9).

In that sense God has chosen everyone to be saved.

He wants everyone to become holy and without blame in His eyes.

He loves us all so much that he wants all to be saved and has chosen that everyone can be saved.

Verse 4 has a very important word, and that is should.

This indicates a choice, a possibility of an event not happening.

This verse says to me that God has chosen all of mankind for salvation, but individual people have to make that choice for themselves.

We should be holy and without blame, and we will be if we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

God has put in place a mechanism for our salvation; this is the finished work of Jesus whereby everyone has been reconciled to God and forgiven, thus putting in place the possibility of salvation.

But every man must make that decision and choice themselves.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that every man has been chosen and given the possibility of salvation”.

Ephesians 1 v 4…..According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love