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GOD'S APPEAL

THURSDAY 03 MARCH 2022


God is in Christ and Christ in God, reconciling the world to Himself and He has given every born again Christian this wonderful message of reconciliation. To pass the message across properly, we have been given the office of an ambassador for Christ. By definition, an ambassador is an accredited diplomat sent by a state or a nation as its representative in a foreign country. In the same way, we represent Christ and the Kingdom of God in this world.

Reference: 2 Corinthians 5:20 English Standard Version (ESV) "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."


God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead with people to come to God. Why do we have to plead with unbelievers to come and make peace with God? This is because Christ has already died for their salvation which is entirely free.


The book of Isaiah 53 revealed this about Christ's suffering: "He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave. But it was the Lord's good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's good plan will prosper in his hands" (Isaiah 53:7-10 NLT).


Beloved, Christ Jesus accomplished our salvation on the cross by His anguish and because of His experience and perfect sacrifice, it has become possible for many to be counted righteous, because He bore all the sins of all mankind. Now 2 Corinthians 5:19 (NIV) reads, "For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation." God is no longer counting people's sins against them because Christ became a sin-borne sacrifice for everyone on the cross and this denotes the whole of humanity.


Why is this truth quite significant or why does it matter a lot? It gives us insight into the absolute freedom Jesus secured for us from the bondage of sin and its consequences and as Christians, to appreciate just how much Christ has done for us, we must speak for Him by pleading with the unsaved to receive their free gift of salvation and be made right with God while they are still alive (see Hebrews 9:27 NIV). The Bible recorded in Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV) that Jesus did not open His mouth while He was oppressed and afflicted. He was led as a lamb to be slaughtered; He never opened His mouth, but remained silent. But today we have been given the right and privilege as Christ's ambassadors to speak for Him after His ascension and implore people on His behalf to be reconciled to God.


To allow God to make His appeal through us is to experience God working in us in order to win the lost souls to Himself in the same manner we experienced salvation. He pioneers the method of His purpose by setting us as Christ's ambassadors through His indwelt life. The Bible says, "For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose" (Philippians 2:13 BSB). Truly, it is God expressing His will through us by the internal urge we receive to share the Good news with others. So each new day, we find ourselves living as Christ's ambassadors by God's Spirit working mightily through us. And God's appeal is simply the manifestation of a dimension of His glory within us, empowering us with His redeeming grace and making us radiant with light in a dark world - to reconcile men to Himself. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Isaiah 44:22; Romans 3:23-26; Isaiah 53:11; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Romans 5:9.


Exuberant Declaration: I am a chosen vessel for God's glorious impact on earth and an ambassador for Christ. In the sight of all men, I speak for Christ as God makes His appeal through me. By sharing the Good news, the unbelieving ones are freed from sin and from all the ills to which sin exposes them, thereby embracing their salvation in Christ, which is necessary to reconcile to God. Hallelujah!





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