Read 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

from Donald Snyder, Beckley First Christian Church

Beginning with a teaching on what reconciliation means, Paul ends with a teaching on how reconciliation impacts our life of discipleship. Reconciliation requires a decision regarding the cross of Calvary, and choosing the right way leads to newness of life. We do not do this on our own. Rather, God, in the life and death of His Son, has traded His righteousness for our sin—something of immeasurable worth for something worthless. Why? So that the God of Creation could make something new of us and declare it “good.”

This transformation does require something from us. While there is no question, at least for Paul, what can be made of Christ; for us the question is what will allow Christ to make of us? The Apostle offers himself as an example. The truth of his message and fruit of his ministry is a result of God’s revelation on the Damascus road. Reconciliation enables us to embrace righteousness (not ours, but God’s), so that while we may not be perfect in our walk with Jesus, through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we may be in a state of being perfected, regardless of our trials and afflictions in this walk with our Lord.

Give us grace, O reconciling Christ, to embrace the righteousness of God through our growing relationship with you.

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