Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NKJV
Jesus Christ was dead; He was buried, and rose again from the dead, not only for us but as us. He was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification (Rom. 4:24-25). The results of justification are peace and reconciliation. This is not peace of mind, but peace between God and man. Christ has put away our sin which is the cause of a lack of peace (Rom. 5:1).
Reconciliation means “to be brought back into friendship and harmony, to change thoroughly from, and the restoration of divine favor” (Greek text). Reconciliation is about one’s mindset, a God-given ministry and a simple message: “be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20). God has reconciled man to Himself, and man—of necessity—must reconcile God to himself, i.e., reconciliation is not just a legal position in Christ, but it is also something you practice (Matt. 5:23-24).
Reconciliation means to be thoroughly changed. It speaks of the sinner being made a new creature, i.e., a new person, new self, a new creation in their human spirit by the Spirit of God. This reality requires a change of one’s mindset in order to see old things passed away and all things become new (2 Cor. 5:17-18). Reconciliation is a ministry that all believers share—the privilege of telling sinners to be reconciled to God. The believers’ ministry and message is not to judge, condemn, or attempt to rehabilitate the sinner but just proclaim the good news. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life” (Rom. 5:10). Be reconciled to God!