It Is Done!
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
David, the great king and prophet, prophesied almost three thousand years ago that, “They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—for he has done it” (Ps. 22:31 NIV). God has done it, so we’ve got to stop saying to others that, “if you do this or that, then God will reconcile you.” God has already done it. If you are forgiven, you are reconciled, and live in a reconciled world (text verse 19). The message of the Gospel is: it done—be reconciled, not get reconciled (Col. 1:19-23).
To be reconciled means “to be changed thoroughly from.” When Jesus Christ reconciled you, He changed you thoroughly from being a wicked hostile enemy of God into a new creation. God made you right with Himself. How? Not counting your sins against you (text verses 17-19). This is not religion. Religion is man’s attempt to get right with God. The good news of the Gospel is that God made you right with Himself. Every religion ever founded has some process for man to get right with God. If God made you right with Himself, all that’s left is to act as so it is so—“be reconciled.” You are now the very righteousness of God in Christ.
God’s tabernacle is now in you (John 14:23; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). Stop whining and crying—just to be crying. .Just let the old go if you want the new to replace it. It is done. Shout it loud! But as Jesus told John in the vision in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21:2-6), you’ve got to be thirsty (Matt. 5:6). Thirst is a strong desire that moves you. If you’re just talking the past or your present problems, you’re not thirsty. Thirst is when you get up and start to move toward your harvest (desired answer); you don’t let anything distract you (John 4:14). The Gospel’s invitation for salvation is extended fully to everyone who turns to God (Isa. 55:1). It is done!