The Ministry of Reconciliation
Topic: Evangelism Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:18–5:21
In 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, believers are called to a ministry of reconciliation. What is this ministry? Who is called to be reconciled? How is it accomplished?
1. The Meaning of Reconciliation
• It is the restoration of man’s relationship with God.
• It is a result of atonement (the covering over) of man’s sins by the blood of Christ.
2. The Method of Reconciliation
• It takes place at salvation when a sinner repents and places his faith in Christ and His atoning work on the cross. (John 1:12; Romans 10:13)
• At the moment of salvation, the sinner’s sins are covered by the blood of Christ (atonement). The sinner is forgiven, justified, and reconciled to God. (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:11-14; Hebrews 10:12-14; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
3. The Maker of Reconciliation
• “All things” refers to salvation, and “from God” means originated from God. (2 Corinthians 5:18)
• God is the author of salvation.
- Eternal Security
4. The Means of Reconciliation
• God reconciles us to Himself “through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:18, 21)
• Christ is the agent of reconciliation.
5. The Ministers of Reconciliation
• To whom did God give this ministry? All believers.
• What is this ministry?
- The ministry of reconciliation is sharing with people the good news of the gospel.
• How is this ministry accomplished?
- God’s sends us as His ambassadors. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
- God uses us to bring people to Christ.