1 Corinthians New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
2 Corinthians 5:13-21 (NKJV)
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
My Comments: It is a wonderfully miraculous thing to know the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God the second person of the Holy Trinity. He saves us from the world the flesh and the evil one. He and only He is the way the truth and the life we have is from Him. It is true life. We know the difference once we receive the life Christ gives when we accept Him. Yet to the world it seems we are foolish or in need of a crutch or easily led and not able to think for ourselves or weak.
Yes, I freely agree I am weak yet I did not know I was until I accepted the strength of Jesus and became a Child of God. Then His strength became mine and now I am strong yet it is not my strength but His. Yes, that sounds foolish to the world. Yet they are dieing and those who accept Jesus are infused with ultimate life and we will live forever in Heaven with God and the Angels and all the saints who have gone before us. Why?
Because Christ Jesus came to earth and died on the Cross to take our sin upon Himself. He became sin who knew no sin so we could live forever free of sin. He covers our sin so when the His Father sees us He sees Jesus’ righteousness. It’s as if He went to court when we were to be sentenced to death and said, “I will take their place if they let me.” So I let Him and am thankful He chose to go to the Cross for me and for the whole world. For all peoples past, present and future anywhere in the world and all they or we have to do is say Jesus I believe in You please forgive me and be mine. So simple yet people think they have to do something to receive a free gift of salvation obtained on the Cross by Jesus the Son of God.
So I write this blog and talk to people when I meet them. I ask, “Do you know Jesus Christ as your Savior?” If they don’t I ask, “Do you want to know Him?” or we just talk and sometimes they ask about Jesus and unfortunately some say, “I’m spiritual.” Or some such thing. Yet sometimes I get to talk to a Believer and share what Jesus is doing in our lives and through us because Jesus saved us so we can also be His to help bring others the message of reconciliation. Often it is just the planting of the seed that He love them and is waiting for them to call upon Him, and ever now and again God grants the grace to reap for Him.
One of my Grandsons just came to the Lord Jesus and it was a car dealer who led Him to the Lord and the dealer told him, “Your Grammie planted seeds all those years so you could be led now to the Lord.” Some plant and some sow and some reap. Usually I plant and water yet I am willing to do whatever the Lord wants me to do in the service of reconciliation.
Abba, Father may the Believers who read this blog read Your Word and follow You in the service of reconciliation so others will receive the forgiveness You freely offer to them. Thank You Jesus for the Cross and Your sacrifice for us and Your Love for us. Thank You Abba for the adoption we receive when we receive the grace of reconciliation. May we be filled with Your Holy Spirit and spread the word of Reconciliation boldly wherever we go by how we live, talk and walk with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.