Watering the Tulips
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Paul considered himself an ambassador for God. That is, he knew his calling was to spread God’s message…to give man God’s instructions. The same is true for believers today. In simple terms, believers were called by God to know Him and to make Him known. This is Paul’s declaration.
So, what is it that Paul preached? What was God’s message to mankind that he was called to share? That seems to be a simple question. But today, one would think otherwise. In this short space, let us seek to expound this important passage.
Paul declared this to mankind – “We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God”. You see, none of us naturally are in harmony with God…not even as a baby. We are all born sinners with a sinful nature. Paul Washer recently was giving a lecture in which he said, “I’m about to give you the worst possible news – God is good”. The crowd immediately replied, “Why is that bad news?” Washer’s response was simple – “Well, God is good…and we are not”. Certainly, this speaks loudly of the need for reconciliation. That’s what the Apostle Paul preached and that’s what we are to preach.
Notice, Paul didn’t limit this to any one group of sinners like we have a tendency to do. Oftentimes, we almost justify one sin by categorizing another as heinous. But the truth is, all sin is heinous to God. It is a stench to God’s holy nostrils. So, we need to be reconciled. But how?!
Simply, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. Jesus…God’s perfect, holy Son…the very image of the invisible God… lived a perfect life completely free of sin. He didn’t deserve to die. Yet, He willingly laid His life down for sinners “that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. That is, just as our sin was imputed to Christ at Calvary, so His righteousness is imputed to us when we are brought to faith by God’s grace (Romans 3:22).
So, there are basically two points here. First, to those that are yet in their sins, be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ! Repent of your sins and trust Him. We pray God opens your heart to this message even today! Secondly, to the believer, you too are an ambassador of God. Share the Good News of Christ’s sacrificial death with sinners. Aren’t you glad somebody shared it with you?
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