MCF – “Form Square” Gagetown lunch Group

Good  morning to you all!

How are you all doing today? I hope all is well. Can I ask that we all say a prayer for all those affected by the flooding? Pray to God for His hand of protection on those who need it, to place those who can help in the places that need it and his hand of healing on those that have been hurt or on those who have lost friends or family because of the flooding.Ok, so on with our message. We are still working on “Reconciliation”. What does it mean to be “reconciled”? To be reconciled, means to be reunited with someone from whom one has been alienated. Forgiveness can lead to restored fellowship. Sin leads to alienation from God, but through Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to God. “Be reconciled to God” (5:20) this is a wonderful invitation to the gospel (see also Rom. 5:11).2 Corinthians 5:16-21   The Ministry of Reconciliation
Study notes for verses 16-21…
VERSE 16-20… The redemption of a people who live for Christ by living for others is the beginning of the new creation (see Isa. 43:18–19; 65:17–23; 66:22–23). This new creation also begins Israel’s final restoration from God’s judgment in the exile (see the context of Isa. 43:1–21; 65:17–25).Reconciliation. These verses outline (1) the basis of Paul’s apostolic ministry of the new covenant (Paul’s own reconciliation to God through Christ); (2) its consequence (his ministry and message of reconciliation to the world for Christ); (3) its essential content (the forgiveness of sins because of Christ’s death); and (4) its call (on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God) ambassadors for Christ. Paul is God’s prophetic minister of the new covenant (3:4–6). He announces God’s “peace treaty” (see Isa. 53:5) with those who will trust in Christ to free them from the penalty and power of sin (2 Cor. 5:14–15; see Rom. 5:11).
VERSE 21… This verse is one of the most important in all of Scripture for understanding the meaning of the atonement and justification. The one who knew no sin is Jesus Christ (v. 20), and he (God) made him (Christ) to be sin. God the Father made Christ to be viewed and treated as “sin” even though Christ himself never sinned (Heb. 4:15; see Gal. 3:13). For our sake. God viewed and treated “our” sin as if it belonged to Christ himself. Thus Christ “died for all” (2 Cor. 5:14) and became our substitute. Christ took the punishment that we deserved (1 Pet. 2:24). The background for this is Isaiah 53, the most lengthy and detailed OT prophecy of Christ’s death. It contains several parallels to 2 Cor. 5:21 so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Just as God gave our sin and guilt to Christ (“he made him to be sin”) so God also gives Christ’s righteousness to all who believe in Christ. God now views and treats believers as having the legal status of “righteousness.” See further notes on Rom. 5:18; 10:3; 10:6–8; see also Isa. 53:11.

Questions…

  1. How has God reconciled us to Himself?
  2. How is it possible that we can become “the righteousness of God” in Christ?
Please pray… 
Dear God, we ask you today to be with all those struggling with the stress and damages from the flood waters. Give them hope and calm their hearts. We know this: all those suffering that are in Christ; you will provide help, strength and love to get through this bad time. Help your children be a testimony in this time of trial also. My glorious Father, we thank you for your Son and the work He has done for us on the cross. That is where we can lay our woes, at his feet, and He will help us endure. We pray this in Christ’s name… Amen!Blessings All!
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS… 
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!
Jimmy ;o)