|by Henry T. Blackaby||Return to Articles|
Our Bible is full of truth from God. It speaks about the nature of God, His purposes and His ways. It also has much to say about our lives and what our relationship with God should look like.
An enormous truth that we find in 2 Corinthians 5:20 is that “we are to be ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us….”
Our relationship is to be so close, so intimate, that God Himself has full access through us to redeem those who are without hope. We, who are now a new creation and having been reconciled to God through Christ, have been given the ministry of reconciliation.
Today, we see a nation and a world desperately in need of hope. And we know that this hope is given to us by God alone, through His Son Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:1). Once, we ourselves were without Christ, without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12). But now God “has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). This “word” of hope has been given for us to share as “ambassadors for Christ,” encouraging all people to be reconciled; that is, made right with God. This is God’s message of hope to all people.
Living in right-relation with God and in harmony with God makes available to us the fullness of His love — the fullness of life! This is the message of hope that our nation and our world need — through us — today!