The Fruit of Reconciliation

The Fruit of Reconciliation

Dec 16, 2012

By: Emilio Ramos

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Series: 2 Corinthians

Preliminary Summary

"Paul has plunged the church deep into the work of God’s saving grace arguing that at a fundamental level God has effected a change within them so that they have become a new creation in Christ. All of this stems from the work of reconciliation which Paul focuses on here. Paul begins by giving God absolute preeminence in the work of bringing about peace between sinners and Himself. God not only is responsible for saving and reconciling sinners but also for committing to Paul and all reconciled believers, at least to some degree, the ministry of reconciliation. Paul moves from a summary of God’s sovereign work in reconciliation to a more detailed description as he goes on. God’s work was wrought in Christ who is himself the divine Agent through which God’s saving activity is accomplished. God’s salvation also has a universal scope in that He saves on a global scale people from all nations for His glory. He does this by His mercy through justification and forgiveness of sins. Only in and through Christ will God not hold people’s sins against them. This blessedness is the fruit of reconciliation. God’s grace is further demonstrated in the giving of the ministry of reconciliation whereby His servants share in the divine prerogative to bring sinners into a right standing with God. This ministry consists of preaching peace to hostile sinners who are at enmity with God, a hostility only the cross can overcome."


New nature (2 Cor. 5.16)

New creation (2 Cor. 5.17)

New Ministry (2 Cor. 5.18-21)

1.1, Based on the sovereignty of God

Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2.9; Ps. 3.8; 37.39; Is. 43.11; 45.17)

Saved for fellowship (2 Cor. 5.18-19; 1 Pet. 3.18; 1 Cor. 1.9; John 14.23)

Ministry is a gift of sovereign grace (2 Cor. 5.18-21; Gal. 1.15-16; Acts 9.15-16; 1 Cor. 15.10; Phil. 1.7; 2 Cor. 8.7)

1.2, Based on the mercy of God

Mercy in Christ (Rom. 3.25; Heb. 12.2; Col. 1.19-23; 2 Tim. 2.8-10)

Forgiveness in Christ (Eph. 1.7; 2 Cor. 5.19; Rom. 4.5-8; Jer. 31.34; Heb. 8.12-13)

Righteousness and Peace in Christ (Rom. 5.1; 5.9-10; 2 Cor. 5.21; Phil. 3.9; Rom. 4.5-8)

1.3, Based on the message of God

Preaching propositional truth (Acts 10.34-36, 42-43; 2 Tim. 4.1)

"The Word of Reconciliation" and "The Word of Truth" (2 Cor. 6.7; Col. 1.5; Jam. 1.18; 2 Tim. 2.15)

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