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Ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5)

March 29, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:
This week’s sermon emphasizes the practical nature of the Great Commission. Deacon Johnson encourages the people of God to remember that they are the instruments He uses to accomplish His plans. The focus of this sermon is on the promises of God through Christ for His people.

The Promise of Restoration

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So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day…For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 4:16, 5:1; ESV)..”

The hope of the Church is founded on God’s Word, namely, His faithfulness to keep His promises. The people of God are called to preserve knowing that God has promised to restore us in the life to come (cf. Christ’s Resurrection). Therefore, Paul exhorts the Church to continue to proclaim the gospel resting on the promise of restoration regardless of what they faced on earth.

The Promise of Redemption

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised (2 Corinthians 4:14-15; ESV).”

Not only did Paul exhort the believers at Corinth with the promise of their future state, but Deacon Johnson highlights Paul’s familial admonition to focus on the present promise of redemption through Christ. This promise of redemption is essentially the Gospel of Jesus Christ, mainly, He died in our place to satisfy the wrath of God, that those whom He redeems have access to a loving relationship with God the Father through Him (Matt. 11:25-30). Therefore, this love of Christ compels Paul to preach Christ and His resurrection knowing he too will be raised (1 Cor. 15).

The Promise of Reconciliation

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 4:18-19; ESV).”

Although those in Christ have received the promise of restoration and redemption, God has also called them to share this message of reconciliation with others. Paul obeys Christ’s command by challenging these believers to go out into the world with this message of hope, which is only found in Jesus Christ. Armed with these promises and the mission of God before him, Paul reminds the believers of Corinth to embrace their call to witness unto the nations.

Are you an Ambassador of Christ?

Every christian has been given these promises of restoration, redemption, and reconciliation in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. The love of Christ should compel us to share this message of hope with others, imploring them to be reconciled with God on behalf Christ. Thus, those who are in Christ have been called to witness of the love and severity of God, knowing that as His ambassadors, God is faithful to His Word.

Do you see your need of Christ today? Do you realize that death is certain and eternity lies ahead? Please do not delay any longer, Christ is the only One able to reconcile you to God the Father. He is the Only to redeem and reconcile us to God the Father. Repent and believe the gospel.

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