Tuesday | 21 May 2024
Atonement is to be made one

The ministry of reconciliation is the means by which God is made one with us and we are made one with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. Forgiveness of sins and cleansing by the blood of the Covenant are inherent in this offering. We receive this forgiveness and cleansing as we receive the word of Christ and walk in the fellowship of His offering and sufferings. 1Jn 1:7. Each day, as we fellowship with Christ in this journey, we are obtaining our predestination as sons of men in the image and likeness of God. This is the true meaning of atonement, and this is the fulfilment of Their love for us!

Jesus prayed for this outcome of His offering just prior to the commencement of His suffering journey. He said to the Father, ‘I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us , that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are One: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.’ Joh 17:20‑23.

The apostle Paul summarised this amazing outcome of Christ’s offering journey, writing, ‘Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 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.’ 2Co 5:18‑19. The word of reconciliation is the ministry of the gospel of God that is proclaimed by those who have become the disciples of Christ.

Further Study:
JOHN 17

References:
1Jn 1:7
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Joh 17:20-23
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are One: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

2Co 5:18-19
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 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.
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