This week we are examining the fourth and final motivation in this passage. Paul’s three distinct motivations for serving the Lord effectively thus far are as follows:
- Ambition– Paul made it his aim to please Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:9)
- Accountability– Paul knew he would stand before the tribunal of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10)
- Affection– Paul was compelled by Jesus’ love for him. (2 Corinthians 5:14)
- Ambassador – Paul had been committed the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19)
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! 18 Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The key idea in this paragraph is reconciliation. Reconciliation mean to settle one’s differences, to make peace between enemies, or to declare a truce. Because of the rebellion of humanity, humans became the enemy of God and fell out of fellowship with Him. Through the work of Christ on the cross, Jesus has brought humanity and God together again.
God has been reconciled and has turned His face in love toward the lost world. The basic meaning of the word reconcile is “to change thoroughly.” It refers to a changed relationship between God and the lost world.
God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ.
God has also given us the ministry of reconciliation