Ministry and the Word of Reconciliation – (Reconciliation, Part 3)

Has given to us the ministry of reconciliation … Has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:18-19).

What a change of attitude divine, worldwide reconciliation is from the religious mindset and worldview. We, as first-trusters (Ephesians 1:12) have the privilege of enjoying this reconciliation, living in the realization of divine favor – that nothing stands between us and the Father. God has given to us a ministry. We are the Father’s “vessels of mercy” (Romans 9:23); we are to see all men in their relationship to this all-inclusive reconciliation of God. Our ministry is neither institutional nor organizational; it is simply to share with those around us the Father’s love and acceptance of them through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. We only entreat them,

In Christ’s stead, “Be reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20).

We are not encouraging them to “do” anything; but simply to “be” what the Father has already made them: “reconciled to God.”

That which is committed to us is neither the “ministry of condemnation,” nor the “ministry of retribution,” nor the “ministry of judgment” – rather, it is the “ministry of reconciliation.”

Ours is neither the “word of wrath,” nor the “word of punishment,” nor the “word of damnation” – rather, it is the “word of reconciliation.”

Our very lives – even down to the nature and intent of what proceeds out of our mouths – are to be the embodiment of the Father’s reconciliation work in Christ Jesus.

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:6).

Ultimate Realization

The world has been unioned with the Father. He has removed all enmity, division and estrangement. Through Christ the world has been brought into the fullness of divine favor.

Not all the world has this knowledge at this time. They are still “alienated and enemies,” but this condition exists only in their minds (Colossians 1:21). This is not how things really are now. The world only needs to be brought to the realization of their reconciliation, and this will come in due course.

The Father has already made all men reconciled to Himself. Now, men only need to “be” what He has made them – “reconciled to God.” In our Father’s Own good course of time, all will indeed to “be reconciled to God.”

Until that time, ours is truly a “good news” ministry; and we are privileged to live in the spirit of divine reconciliation – allowing it to permeate our attitudes, hearts and lives. In the spirit of our Father we are free to live in personal reconciliation among ourselves and with others.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
The Salvation of All
© 2005-2010

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