The Reconciled Become Reconcilers
The Reconciled become Reconcilers
And today we are finishing up the series, yes, its the last one… Talking about how we use our mouths.
The God who in Christ reconciled the world to himself uses the apostle as a mouthpiece to announce the good news and to summon people to accept the message.
Why to Seek the Lost
Paul was similarly appointed by God to administer the gospel on Christ’s behalf (hyper Christou; compare Eph 3:2). It is as though God himself were making a personal and direct appeal through Paul (v. 20).
Reconciliation is both an accomplished fact (v. 18) and a continuing process (v. 19). Although it is a done deed as a result of Christ’s work on the cross, it nonetheless must be personally appropriated. This is where Paul and the gospel ministry fit into the picture.
But what we recount in song Paul proclaimed in earnest. For all that remains for humankind to do is to receive what God has effected. Yet how can they receive it unless they have heard about it? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them (Rom 10:14–15)? “How beautiful … are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Is 52:7). The demand for heralds remains a pressing one today. For the need is still as desperate and the news just as vital.