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The Church:  Called Out to Reconcile Others to God
Romans 5 and Rev. 20:11-14 

Why have we, the Church, been called out to reconcile others to God? 

I.  We are Christ’s Agents of Reconciliation 
    (Romans 5: 6-12) 

     An agent simply is one who is authorized to act on another's behalf. He/she can be used as a means or instrument to accomplish a task.  Jesus was used as a means to reconcile humanity to God. Therefore, as professing believers in Jesus Christ, we emulate him. We are called out to be used as a means, a witness so that people can be drawn to God through Jesus Christ. We must be used as instruments to bring others to the cross so that they too can be reconciled to God. Google describes the term reconciliation as an “an agreement, a compromise, to resolve, a reunion or a bringing back together again” (Google dictionary). Jesus restores the relationship between God and man. Yes, it is only through Christ, the mediator between God and man, that one can be restored in right relationship with God. Reconciliation means to accept something not desired. God didn’t desire us.  We were enemies of God. “Unbelievers are described as helpless, ungodly, sinners, and enemies. Enemies can mean either that we have enmity against God or that He considers us as enemies” (Ryrie Study Bible). He chose us before the foundation of the world to be His own (Eph 1:4).  God was satisfied with His creation before the fall, but Adam and Eve disregarded God’s plan and by their deliberate disobedience, sin fell on all humanity.  
     Another definition of reconciliation is to settle a dispute.  Jesus settled the dispute between God and man. Reconciliation also means “change.” “God changes us from enemies to family” (Ryrie Study Bible). Hallelujah! Man has been given a choice. Acts 16:31 says that one must “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” It’s that simple. Jesus paid the price and there is no other cost.  He has redeemed us once and for all.  He restored the fellowship that was broken and removed the enmity that stood between people and God.  John 14:6 says: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father, but by me. In this verse, “the” implies, Jesus is the only way.  “A” would imply that there are several ways to God. Thank God for His only son, Jesus Christ. Yes, one does not ever have to inquire or ask forgiveness through a priest. A priest is a man who is in need of salvation. Why share your heartfelt hurts and sorrows with one who cannot change the situation? 
     As agents of reconciliation, we have been given the approval or permission to act on God’s behalf and draw the lost to Jesus Christ.  Can you imagine those who were living in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake? What were they thinking during the last 10 minutes of their lives? Did they even consider their eternal destiny? As I feel much remorse for those who have died without faith, and for their families who will never see them again, the truth is that all will pass from this present life to eternal life or eternal death. The Bible says choose you this day, whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15)! If the United States were to be hit, as a whole, with some major catastrophe and you were to remain, what would go through your mind?  Would you even consider all the missed opportunities, or would you even care?  Would you be so focused on what just occurred that you would not grieve your reluctance to share the gospel with others? Our prayer must be:  Lord, not my will, but yours be done, on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).  We are Christ’s representatives. Christ’s agents are called to connect others to God through Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ restored our fellowship with God.  Our message is simple for those who are simple in heart.  

 II.  We have peace with God.  Rom. 5:1, 9

     To be justified means to be vindicated.   We have been justified, meaning, we have been declared righteous. We have been cleared of our past, present and future sins because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. We have sinned, we continue to sin, and we will always sin, but God is gracious and merciful. Jesus paid the price for all sins, and we confess our sins knowing that God is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  Our sin has made us undesirable and despicable, but Romans 5:8 reminds us that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  In other words, while we were still powerless, without strength, weak; no direction, confused; ungodly; and even dysfunctional, Christ died for His enemies. Jesus died on our behalf, or in our place. Jesus restored our relationship with God; therefore, we have peace and we can go on having peace with the living God.  Romans 5:1 says; therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Peace here is a present participle…it means to not make peace, but to enjoy the gift of peace we inherited when we were reconciled to God through Jesus’ blood.  Vs. 9 says that because of Jesus’ blood, we will be saved from the wrath of God. This is why we can walk in God’s peace. Ryrie notes, “let us have” peace. Jesus is our blessed assurance. The opposite of peace is war; If we’re not experiencing peace, then we should ask the question, who are we at war with?  Are we at war with self, or are we at war with others? Peace indicates a right relationship with God; it is confirmation that Jesus is our Savior, Lord, and King.  Christ is our peace; not only is Christ our peace; He preached peace to the people through his disciples. they were agents of peace; reconciling people to God.  The same is for us, we are at peace in spirit and in the Truth that we possess.  

There are various ways in which one preach peace:
  • Be at peace with self.
  • Continue to take stands for what we believe.
  • Break down the barriers in the church; the cliques, etc. and walk in obedience by extending peace to those around us.
  • Be not like the world, but be imitators of Christ.
  • We do not look for man's approval, but for God's.

Lord, help us to walk in our true calling and reconcile others to you through Christ Jesus. Help us to always experience your peace as we keep our hearts honest and pure before you. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

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