Universal Provision

In II Corinthians 5:16-21, Paul was inspired to write about something that many Christians seem not to grasp. In Verse 15, Paul reminded us that we are not to live just for ourselves: we are to live for Him Who died for us. Then, in Verse 16, he points out we are not to relate to people simply in terms of their humanity. The implication is that people are to be viewed as souls for whom Christ died. Even Jesus is not to be related to as a human being only. He is God, the Son! Coming to that familiar Verse 17, we learn that God is making new creatures. Rebel sinners are being made children of God. Out of spiritual death, God raises those who receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and gives them Spiritual Life. In Verse 18, we are informed that, having been reconciled, we are to let others know that God has made reconciliation for them. Verse 19, we are told: “….That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” and He has charged us to let them know! The entire world was reconciled! This is not universal salvation; this is universal provision! Anyone who will receive Jesus as Savior and Lord will come to understand that God has, by His Son’s death on the cross, paid the penalty of that person’s sin(s). Reconciliation has been made, it need only be applied by our turning in faith to Jesus and receiving His salvation. Our sins have been “blotted out.” Even though the sin debt has been paid, that payment is only applied to those who receive Him. God has charged us to get this word out and urge people to be reconciled to God. When they surrender to Jesus, a stunning exchange is discovered. It is found in Verse 21. (Read it carefully):  “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Merrill Dunlop wrote: “My Sins Are Blotted Out I Know.” In this hymn, he exclaims the joy of one who has received reconciliation: “What a wondrous message in God’s Word! My sins are blotted out, I know! If I trust in His redeeming blood, my sins are blotted out, I know! My sins are blotted out, I know! My sins are blotted out, I know! They are buried in the depths of  the deepest sea: my sins are blotted out, I know!” “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Selah! If you have received this marvelous reconciliation, thank God! If you haven’t received it, provision has been made. It only awaits your willingness to yield your life to Jesus and trust Him as your own personal Savior and Lord. He loves you! Will you be reconciled?   Ron

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