Friday, December 10, 2010

Reconcile

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself 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 entrusting to us the message of reconciliation,” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
It is the uneasy situation, the mediating stance. The careful and peacemaking place.  It is frightening, for many adversaries turn on their peacemakers.  We are called to “stand between”.  Immanuel, the Great Intercessor, stood between and implored.  He implored with His humanity unto God “forgive them, for they know not what they do,” Luke 23:34,  and with His divinity unto us “receive the Holy Spirit,” John 20:22.  
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.
The Peacemaker, the Great Intercessor, has stood between Heaven and Earth, in the tension of flesh and spirit.  He has drawn all things high and low unto Himself and called for a treaty of peace.  All this He has done at extraordinary personal risk; life dripping from His forehead to the ground.  The Peacemaker interceding at a knee-scraping price.  He sold all to come near and make peace.  He regarded not one of us after the flesh but as redeemable adversaries who could be friends.
We, the saints of God, with Christ, implore.  This is the full and final call of a whole Spirit minded living vessel - implore for Christ’s sake!  Come up under the burden.  Bear half a load.  Get your knees dirty.  Humble your shoulders.  Pull.  Gasp.  Fight their unbelief.  Pray.  Provoke peace between your flesh and blood companion and his or her God.  Reconcile throughout your whole heart and body!

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