The Ministry of Reconciliation

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, July 18, 2019

Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13

After the collapse of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established in 1996 to “bear witness to, record, and in some cases grant amnesty to the perpetrators of crimes relating to human rights violations, as well as offering reparation and rehabilitation to the victims of Apartheid. A register of reconciliation was also established so that ordinary South Africans who wished to express regret for past failures could also express their remorse. (Jeremy Sarkin-Hughes, 2004)

The TRC was set up to help bring white and black South Africans together in a spirit of unity through reconciliation. The people of South Africa realized that without reconciliation, their country would plunge into civil war. Many South Africans died to abolish Apartheid. It is upon the blood of these South African civil rights martyrs that South Africa is currently functioning as a united democratic republic with one of the largest economies in the African Continent.

The blood of Jesus did not only washed away the sins of humanity, it reconciled us unto God. That is the message the apostle Paul is sharing with the church in Ephesus in today’s text. The blood of Jesus gave the Ephesians unlimited access to God’s throne of grace by reconciling them despite the fact they were excluded from citizenship in Israel and were foreigners to the covenants of the promise.

That is good news for people like you and me who were excluded from citizenship in Israel. Jesus reconciled us to the Father by his blood. Whereas we were disqualified from worshiping God, ineligible to be part of his royal priesthood and a holy nation, the blood of Jesus changed our identity and restored us to the position of son-ship and join-heirs with Jesus. Therefore, we can cry, “Abba! Father,” in our distress and expect our Father in heaven to come to our rescue.

That may not sound like a big deal to some people; it is the most important transition in human history. Without Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation, the Christian faith would not exist. We would not be able to pray to get assistance from God in times of trouble. Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation made it possible for us to worship and find forgiveness for our sins. It leveled the spiritual field so there would no longer be Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free. Instead, we who have accepted the ministry of reconciliation of Jesus have fellowship with God and with one another.

Because of the blood of Jesus, we have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6). So then, we can call each other brother and sister because we are all members of the household of faith. The Church of Jesus Christ should stand as a witness to our reconciliation with God through the blood of Jesus. We should stand firm against any form of divisiveness as we proclaim the oneness of all people who accept Jesus’s gift of salvation.

 South Africa is still struggling to live up to the goals of the TRC. Racism and discrimination are still rampant at all levels of South African society. Yet there is hope that someday, South African society, politics, and the economy will not be defined by its history of Apartheid. Instead, black and white South Africans will work diligently to create a country where people will not be treated by the color of their skin, but by on the content of their character.

The world is still struggling to live according to the reconciliation work of Jesus Christ at the cross. Many people have chosen to remain, enemies of God, instead of embracing the Almighty’s forgiveness. That is why it is so vital for disciples of Jesus Christ to spread the gospel throughout the world to remind individuals they have been accepted into the kingdom of righteousness through the blood of Jesus. All they have to do is confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord, and they will be reconciled to the Father.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, help us to be more determined in reminding the world that we are reconciled to God by the blood of Jesus.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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