I am RECONCILED with GOD!

What is the difference between Jesus’ ministry of intercession and His ministry of mediation? The truth is that some of us are still struggling to understand Jesus’ ministry of intercession and ministry of mediation. Do you know that they are not the same?

The ministry of intercession involves Jesus pleading for the fallen man who needs to be justifiedIn the other hand,The ministry of mediation involves Jesus restoring the broken relationship between God and man. He brings the human to God through reconciliation and sanctification.

In this specific Jesus’ ministry of mediation, Jesus involves in the reconciliation of the broken relationship between God and us. God wants to reunite with us through His only begotten son, Immanuel. In the Epistle to the Romans, Apostle Paul wrote, “ For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will 08-christ-our-priest-5-638we be saved by His life!” (Romans 5:10 – HCSB) We were behind the enemy’s lines, Jesus crossed that line and we were reconciled to God through His death at the cross. Paul enlightens us in the following verse the reason for our rejoicing “And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.”(v11-HCSB) The real rejoicing comes through receiving this reconciliation through Lord Jesus Christ. It is by believing that we are reconciled, we will have true happiness and joy in our lives.

Furthermore, joyfunew-covenantl Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth saying that, “Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ 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 He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (HCSB) The ministry of reconciliation is a
gift from God. God doesn’t care about your past life. He doesn’t care how bad were you in your previous life. He is not counting your trespasses. He forgives your sins and redeemed you wholly. Since, in Christ, we are reconciled to Himself, therefore, we shall be rejoicing and have a closer walk with Him.

In conclusion,

  • I have been reunited with God
  • The anger that was between us is gone
  • Because of Jesus, I now have free access to God
  • I am rejoicing for receiving this reconciliation

Joyfully, let us confess that “I am persuaded that I am RECONCILED with GOD!” God bless you.

Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him” Colossians 1:21-22(HCSB)

 

 

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I am made to be an intensely relational human

Previously, we meditate and ponder on Genesis 1:26-31. Today,  Let us read and meditate on Genesis 2:19-24.

So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.22 Then the
Lord
God made
the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.
23 And the man said:

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This one, at last, is bone of my bone
and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called “woman,”
for she was taken from man.

24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.” HCSB

What do these verses tells us who we are in Christ?

Yes! we are formed and created by our Lord God. Our Lord God affirms this to Isaiah saying that, “It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.“NIV(Isaiah 45:12) Furthermore, we discover that we are created to be God’s caretaker of His creation. God made me for caring responsibility. Today, we are told by our Lord God that He made us to experience a Christ-centered and loving relationship with all the living creatures. How does Adam do that? It is through the authority given by the Lord God, Adam named every one of them. These verses are very clear that Adam is the one who named every living creatures. Adding to this, Even Adam naIMG_3980med Eve as “Woman”, Adam’s bone and flesh. As his Creator, it is through naming, he is building a loving relationship with them. Our Creator God is relational. Our God is an intensely relational God who calls us to emulate his commitment to relationship.

The relationship is at the heart of the Christian faith, reflecting the fact that we as humans have been made for healthy and Christ-centered relationship. #Jesus did it! He named His disciples and loved them unconditionally.

In conclusion, God made me to relate to his entire creation:

  • I am made to love my wife/husband as God loves me
  • I am made to love humans as God loves me
  • I am made to love and enjoy God’s creatures and nature

Continue to #love and live in #Christ-centered relationship. God bless you.