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A mediator is necessary to connect the broken relationship and fellowship between two persons or a group of persons. They can facilitate a strong rebuilding or repairing of damaged ties. Reconciliation is achieved if both parties agreed to reconcile themselves and end the enmity or hostility between them.
The Bible depicts that there is a ruined fellowship between God and man. The root cause of this broken connection is the sin of man. Since sin breaks the fellowship and relationship (Romans 3:23), and cause enmity or hostility between God and man (Colossians 1:21) (Romans 8:7), God, fueled by his great love sent his Son to save the world to reconcile all sinners to himself through the redemptive work of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), whether a Jew or a Gentile (Ephesians 2:14-16). God takes the first step of reconciliation by sending Christ while we were God’s enemies to reconcile us through Christ’s death on the cross (Romans 5:10). Reconciliation is the outcome of the changed relationship between God and man based on the reversal state of man through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
Christ played a vital role in the reconciliation of mankind to God through his ministry of reconciliation demonstrated in his act of mediation (1 Timothy 2:5) to end the enmity by providing justification and peace with God (Romans 5:1). Paul stated that God gave and committed us the ministry and message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Let us examine the essential facts about the ministry of reconciliation.
The purpose why God instituted the ministry of reconciliation
1. To act as the essential link of God’s reconciliation plan
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John14:6 NIV)
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV)
Jesus’ words that no one comes to the Father except through him denotes that is impossible for anyone to be reconciled with God because he is the only way or the link to God’s fellowship. God provides his Son to be the connection of the broken relationship ruined by the sinfulness of man. Paul proclaimed Christ as God’s link to God’s reconciliation plan through the ministry of reconciliation whom he has received from God.
The ministry of reconciliation is the link to God’s link of reconciliation which is Christ. It is a continuation of the reconciling works of Jesus Christ to anyone who believes and turns around from sin to God. The ministry of reconciliation is God’s way of showing his plan or desire to be reunited with his created beings (Colossians 1:20). It will mediate and stand in the gap to link the alienated sinners back to God’s fellowship. This ministry will execute the divine plan of restoring and connecting the damaged fellowship and relationship between God and man.
2. To act as a carrier and illustrating agent of the great love, mercy, and grace of God
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4 NIV)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Love and mercy play a significant role in restoring and rebuilding broken relationships. God’s great love and mercy are demonstrated by sending his Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty of sins committed by the sinners as shown also by following passages (John 3:16) (Romans 5:8) (Romans 6:23). Reconciliation between God and man occurs not by any good work done by man but by the love and grace of God.
Man is reconciled to God not by his endeavors to reach God but by the endeavors made by Christ in his redemptive work. God sent his precious gift to mankind out of his love to show his abounding grace and favor. God offers his reconciling hands through Christ and reconciliation takes place when a sinner believes in Christ and repent or turns around from sin and reaches the hands of God that long for a fellowship. God’s grace provides salvation, justification, and reconciliation (Titus 2:11) (Galatians 2:21) (Colossians 1:22). And it destroys the dividing wall of hostility or enmity between God and man and gives man peace with God and access to God’s presence and fellowship.
The ministry of reconciliation acts as a carrier and demonstrating agent of the great and tremendous love, mercy, and grace of God towards his enemies and sinners (Romans 5:10), and his plan for reconciling the world to himself through Christ's death (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Through this ministry sinners will know and see his real state or condition apart from God, he will know who God is, and how great is the love and grace of God. The works of the ministry of reconciliation are to carry and proclaim God’s love and grace to all creation. The vital task of the ministry of reconciliation is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) (Mark 16:15-18).
3. To serve as a saving or soul-winning channel of God from the penalty or punishment of sin
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NIV)
Death is our sin’s wages. Sin does not only ruin the fellowship and creates enmity between God and man but also brings God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:3), judgment (Romans 2:5-6), and it will give birth to death (James 1:15). Sin caused spiritual and eternal death (Revelation 20:14). How can a sinner escape from the death penalty brought by his sins?
Paul tells us that a sinner can escape from the death penalty through the gift of eternal life from God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Salvation is a pure grace coming from God. It is only possible when a man is reconciled to God through the death of Christ on the cross ( Romans 5:10-11). A man must break ties with sin to escape death and respond to God’s reconciliation plan. Christ’s reconciling works on the cross provide righteousness as a basis for reconciliation and it is carried out by the ministers of reconciliation ( 2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
The in-depth purpose of God for instituting the ministry of reconciliation is to save or win soul away from the penalty of sin and be reconciled to him in complete and intimate restored fellowship. It serves as a channel of the continual saving and soul-winning task of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:25). The ministry of reconciliation serves as saving and reconciling hands of God (1 Corinthians 9: 19-23) (James 5:20) (Jude 1:23). It is a working ministry for the great harvest of souls (Matthew 9:37-38).
The workers of the ministry of reconciliation
Since a ministry of reconciliation is a ministry of works and labor, it should have workers to undertake and carry out its works and plans. Ministers or ambassadors must be deployed to transmit the divine plan of reconciliation to the alienated world (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
1. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the team leader of the ministry of reconciliation and the ultimate carrier and doer of the divine plan of restoring the broken link between God and man. He is the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5) (Hebrew 9:15). He is the great reconciler between God and man. His death on the cross redeem the world from sin and death, justifies anyone who believes in him, and provides reconciliation with God. He is the only link and way to the Father’s presence and fellowship (John 14:6).
2. The Called, The Chosen, and The Saved Souls
God’s great love, mercy, and grace are offered free to all sinners but not all people are qualified to be a minister or worker of the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus called and appoint apostles, gathered disciples, taught, trained, and commissioned them to continue his work of saving and reconciling the world to God (Matthew 28:18-20) (Mark 16:15-18). The qualification to become a member or worker of the ministry of reconciliation is a called, selected, and saved by the grace of God (1 Timothy 1:12-17) ( 1 Corinthians1:26-31). The called, chosen, saved, and served policy is God’s way of putting members in the ministry of reconciliation. A blind can't guide a blind or both of them will fall into a pit (Luke 6:39). The unsaved or unreconciled soul is not capable or worthy to save or reconcile the alienated mankind to God but only those who are called, appointed and saved (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).
The ministry of reconciliation is the essential instrument of God’s saving and reconciling grace. It is a vital link to Christ’s linking and reconciling works. It serves as a reconciling hand of the Lord to all returning sinners to his presence. It acts as a salt and light to the world ((Matthew 5:13-16). The ministry of reconciliation is the construction hands of God's love, mercy, and grace to rebuild the lost and ruined ties and fellowship between God and man.
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