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When you think of Second Corinthians, think of the Apostle Paul teaching People in Corinth about Reconciliation.

Key Verse: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

A deaf man once asked, “Why did Paul write two letters to Corinth?” His teacher said, “Before you married your wife, did you write only one letter? Paul had more to say. His first letter corrected them; his second led them on from there.”

Second Corinthians is the “Book of Reconciliation for All Who Will Come to God.” Paul said that people comforted by God can now comfort others (1:3-6). They get comfort, then they give comfort. God brings people to Himself through Jesus Christ. Then He gives those people the “ministry of reconciliation.Reconciliation means to restore a broken relationship. Because of Adam our relationship with God was broken (Rom. 5:12). Because of Jesus Christ our broken relationship is restored and we are reconciled (restored) unto God (Rom. 5:17).

Those who have been reconciled can help to reconcile others (5:18-20). There is nobody better to comfort others than someone who has suffered. There is nobody better to help reconcile a lost sinner than a Christian who was also lost. Christians who work to reconcile others to God are called ambassadors (representatives). “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (5:20).

Application:
Did God justify you (Book of Romans)?
Did God sanctify you (Book of 1 Corinthians)?
Did God reconcile you (Book of 2 Corinthians)?
You are an Ambassador for Christ.

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