OUR SIN FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS – WHAT A QUID PRO QUO!

(read 2 Cor. 5:16-19) The word “reconciliation” in Greek has the idea of an “exchange”, a ‘quid pro quo’ if you please. Believers have exchanged their sin to God’s Righteousness. They have been reconciled to God through the vicarious work of Christ. The enmity between man and God because of sin and rebellion had been removed. Jesus became believers’ reconciliation, now they must become the means of sharing the gospel of reconciliation with others. Believers share in Jesus’ death and likewise share in His ministry of reconciliation in (cf. v. 19). He truly is the only way to reconciliation and forgiveness (cf. John 14:6). If He is, then the gospel is the most important information people should ever, can ever hear! We must tell the truth; we must preach the Gospel; we must lift up Christ; we must offer a free salvation to a lost world. A lost world is not on the doorstep of a powerless, loveless God, but is on the doorstep of an apathetic, unconcerned church. We have the message; we have the keys of the Kingdom (cf. Matt. 16:19; Rev. 1:18; 3:7). We have the indwelling Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:9,11; I Cor. 3:16; 6:19; II Tim. 1:14). We have the marching orders of Jesus (cf. Matt. 28:18-20). What will we do?