June 1, 2010

Is God pleading to others through you?

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20.

The Apostle Paul was evangelizing the people of Corinth, “as though God were pleading through us.” Not just Paul alone, but the many other Christians that were also proclaiming that Christ was the only way to be reconciled with God concerning their sins.

When we speak to people about Christ and explain that Christ died for their sins, are we merely repeating verses of Scripture that we have memorized or are we speaking as though God were pleading for their repentance and for the salvation of their souls?

Are we burdened in our hearts, mourning the terror of God’s judgment that awaits their souls because they want to reconcile themselves to God on their terms and not God’s?

Are we pleading enough with people to turn from their ignorance of God’s eternal judgment upon those that stand defiantly against Him and plead even more for them to turn to God, who in Christ reconciled the world to Himself? (2 Corinthians 5:18)

Do we speak about Christ to people with a heart filled with God’s grace and a fear of His holiness concerning sin?

Sin is the only reason for the existence of opposition with God and Jesus Christ is the only mediator to reconcile such opposition into a peaceful settlement with Him.

Paul knew the terror of the Lord concerning His forthcoming judgment that awaits the souls of people and he pleaded for their reconciliation to God. His pleading was not simply begging them to come to be reconciled to God, but more like a deep cry from his heart, a cry of love and warning combined, a pleading as if God Himself were speaking directly to them.

Our manner of speech to people should be the same too, deep and heartfelt as though God were pleading to others through us too.

The urgency and forewarning that he spoke was from God, as if Jesus were standing their Himself, with Paul speaking in his place and exhorting the people to trust in Christ’s finished work upon the cross.

A person may believe that God has forgiven them of their sin and their relationship with Him has been reconciled. In fact, it has not been reconciled because there is no acknowledgement of Christ as the one that received the punishment for the offense toward God.

Matthew Henry says of this verse,
“As Christ, who knew no sin of his own, was made sin for us, so we, who have no righteousness of our own, are made the righteousness of God in him. Our reconciliation to God is only through Jesus Christ, and for the sake of his merit: on him therefore we must rely, and make mention of his righteousness and his only.”
Each week during the month of June and the Way of the Master refresher training, the pastoral team will be sending out a devotional email with an evangelistic theme, as an encouragement to become more active in winning souls to Christ.

These emails will be sent on Mondays and Fridays each week and two Wednesdays during the month.

As we begin this series of refresher training in the Way of the Master evangelism training at First Assembly, let us diligently remember to speak to people every day, as much as possible, as though God were pleading through us, to them, concerning God’s forgiveness, redemption and salvation in Christ.

So, has God been pleading to others through you in your efforts to be an ambassador for Christ? If not, or if you want Him to plead through you even more, there is no better time than now, to allow yourself to be surrendered to His will and used by Him, to the winning of souls for His glory.

Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Verson 7.8) [Computer software].

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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