2 Cor. 5:16-19 (NIV)
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 reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
“In the light of God, the incarnated God…we’re at a moment in history, we’re at a moment of discipleship in the gospel. We got to go back to the basics of the gospel and tell this story about God’s justice – the Jubilee is here! We can have the forgiveness of sin, we can have salvation!” [John Perkins, message video]
In what two directions do we see God’s reconciling work in v.18 and v.19?
What do those two directions imply for this ministry of reconciliation in/through our lives?
As part of new creation reality, we’re called to do justice far beyond ourselves – to get involved in God’s rescue and reconciling work in the lives of others!
Let’s worship to the song, “How Great Is Your Love” (click here) by Passion.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus, for your reconciling work that brought us close to you! Help us carry this message of reconciliation to others you lead us to. In Jesus’s name, Amen.