God’s Work of Reconciliation

I am sharing another nugget from The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges, hoping it encourages you to give it a read. First, read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21,

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Speaking of this passage, Bridges stated;

This is a most amazing passage of Scripture. Having objectively secured reconciliation for us, Christ now appeals to us through His gospel messengers to “be reconciled to God”—that is, to receive His work of reconciliation. Think about what that means. We ourselves should have been on our faces before God, imploring Him to be reconciled to us. Instead, we see God reconciling us to himself through the death of His Son, and then appealing to us to receive that reconciliation. What a pure act of grace and mercy on God’s part!

O, what wondrous love, what matchless grace, that God would do everything necessary to reconcile us to Himself. (pages 86-87)

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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