Monday, October 26, 2009

Ministry of the Law or Righteousness

Come on guys, it is time to choose. What do you want your ministry to be? Do you want it to be a ministry of condemnation and adherance to a letter? (2Cor 3:6) Or a ministry of righteousness through Jesus Christ? A ministry of reconciliation?

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died;
2Co 5:15 And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake.
2Co 5:16 Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh].
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
2Co 5:18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
2Co 5:19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).
2Co 5:20 So we are Christ's ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ's personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Are you bond slaves or free? (Gal 4:21-29)
OT or NT, Old Covenant or New Covenant? (Gal 4:24)

If one truly desires a ministry of reconciliation then where are all the sermons and teaching on justification totally apart from works of the Law? (Romans 3:28) Where is all the teaching on imputed righteousness? (Romans 4:11)

I was recently doing some research on sanctification, justification and ran across the folks over at I highly recommend a good reading of the writings on justification.

We hear so much these days regarding original sin, imputed from Adam, current sin, fighting sin, living as sinners, on and on. Whatever happened to the Glory of a risen Christ, imputed righteousness and freedom from the bondage of sin? Do we have to dig all that up ourselves or are there preachers and teachers out there willing to teach this?

1 comment:

WatchingHISstory said...

Is righteousness imputed at or before believing faith in God for righteousness?