Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Today's thoughts from today's verse:
Today’s Scripture makes a very significant statement when it says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” Our passage calls this “the word of reconciliation.” Reconciliation comes through Christ who died on the cross to make it possible for us not to have our trespasses counted against us. Our passage says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf.” It is because of this that we do not have or trespasses counted against us and we become reconciled to God. But these words from our passage, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,” are immediately followed by these words, “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
We are reconciled to God through Christ so that Christ can live in us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Christ then does a work of transformation in us through the indwelling of the Spirit so that we actually “become the righteousness of God in Him.” Yes, as ones who have been reconciled to God in Christ we have the word of reconciliation committed to us and are called to be ambassadors for Christ. However, we will not be taken very seriously by others, if our own reconciliation to God is not accompanied by a transformed life. The “word of reconciliation” and the “word of transformation” combine to give us the “word of Christ.”
The “word of Christ” is the message of what Christ can do in a person’s life and the amazing difference he makes. This week’s devotionals have focused on the glorious “treasure” Christ is to us. In this week’s devotionals we have looked at the “The Face of Christ,” “The Fragrance of Christ, “The Adequacy of Christ,” “The Image of Christ,” and “The Love of Christ.” These considerations give us a lot of help with grasping all that we have in Christ and all that we can become in Christ. Remember, the more Christ does in us, the more he can do through us as ambassadors of Christ. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels.” Jesus Christ is the key to having a regret free life.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I give you the center place in my life. I commit myself to seeking your presence as the single most important activity of my life. I do not want you to be buried treasure in my life and I know this is the key to my life bringing a full return on the investment you have made in me. I want my life to count and I want it to be regret free. Your will be done O, Lord. May you be truly honored and glorified in my life. Amen!
Posted on Sat, September 8, 2018
by Ken Hart