Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bring Good News – Part 2 – Reconciliation

Michael continues his message on the Good News: God through the Holy Spirit will equip you when you speak forth His Word boldly and in love. That which thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou unto faithful men who shall be able to teach others also. Our culture has attempted to make "leadership" a dirty word. According to 2 Corinthians 5, we have been called as Ambassadors for Christ. An ambassador is the highest ranking government official sent by his sovereign Lord to a foreign nation to represent his homeland and Ambassadors speak. Our mission is to reconcile people back to God through His son Jesus Christ. Reconcile means to bring together that which has been separated. The 1828 Webster’s dictionary defines the word “reconcile as; to conciliate anew; to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement; as, to reconcile men or parties that have been at variance. Go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother - Matt. 5. Or Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God  did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God - 2 Cor. 5:20-21. (Yes, bible verses and references to God and Jesus in the original dictionary to illustrate the words meaning).To bring to acquiescence, content or quiet submission; with to; as, to reconcile one's self to afflictions. It is our duty to be reconciled to the dispensations of Providence.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation."

As ambassadors, our commission is to bring a peace treaty from our homeland in Heaven to our host country. Part of the armor of God in Ephesians 6 is, "having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." Beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of peace. Peace is the result of reconciliation. Peace means the end of all strife and contention between God and man. There is no peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace. The ministry of reconciliation is our mission and our commission. Reconciliation is possible only when we meet each other at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.  

The word gospel literally translates as “good news”. What is the good news of the gospel?  According to Mark 1:14, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”  According to the Gospels, the good news is "Repent, turn away from yourself and to the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, Jesus is Lord, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." The good news is that there is salvation from sin through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

The good news of the gospel is that God's salvation through Jesus Christ is at hand.  The good news of salvation is that God is both just (because the penalty for sin was paid for by Jesus Christ on the Cross) and loving (because God’s grace provided an atoning substitute sacrifice for us). Don’t take this lightly: Our sins were justified and were paid for by the innocent blood of Jesus Christ. For He who knew no sin was made the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in him. We are forgiven and have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, not because we deserved it, but because God loved us. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16. He has called us as Ambassadors with beautiful feet to deliver this message from our homeland, the kingdom of Heaven. We are called to reconcile God's chosen people back to Him. Therefore we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 

In other words, preach it brothers & sisters ... Go give 'em Heaven!!
May God richly bless you,

Your brother in Christ, Michael

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