CALLED BACK INTO UNION WITH GOD
Scripture Reading: 2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Anyone engaged in true ministry fully embraces the Word of reconciliation that has been committed unto us. The desire of such ministry is to let the world know that through the obedience of Christ, all have been restored to favor with God. There is a glorious life in Christ that is revealed in power and demonstration of the Spirit when one ministers the Word of reconciliation. The Greek meaning is exchange. Praise God for the Divine Exchange!
Webster’s Dictionary 1828, gives several definitions of reconciliation. Two have been selected to help convey the Divine thought. First, reconciliation literally means to call back into union. That definition is broadened to mean 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. Careful notice of this definition shows its agreement with Scripture and the Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.
As well as the above scripture, Webster’s meaning is corroborated by Ephesians 2:12,16 which reads, "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" Another example is found in Corinthians 5:18 which reads, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation." Lastly, Colossians 1:20 supports this meaning by declaring, "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."