The Verse of the Day for March 29, 2016 expresses God’s ultimate desire for unity for His people in terms of their relationship with Him:
2 Corinthians 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].
To more fully understand what this means and the means whereby we achieve this unity in our relationship with Him, we need to examine the preceding verse as well as the Verse of the Day:
2 Corinthians 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.
Ambassadors in the natural sense are said to be mediators or those who reconcile warring factions together. Those who broker peace agreements behind the scenes are generally ambassadors. As Ambassadors for Christ, we likewise offer terms of agreement whereby reconciliation with God is restored for those who have separated themselves from God. The following poem reveals the role of believers who stand in Christ’s place, fulfilling our role:
31 Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one who is coming against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else [if he feels he is not powerful enough], while the other [king] is still a far distance away, he sends an envoy and asks for terms of peace
As Christ, the Lord, implores and calls each soul to be reconciled,
So we beseech you in mercy and stand in his stead,
That mankind might reconnect–no longer exiled.
Just as a great king will send an entourage ahead
Of his army and offer terms of agreement,
Expressing his desire to redeem and restore
With a covenant that shall forever cement
And make known his will, even in times of war,
We see that behind every plan unfolds a process,
Conceived in wisdom long before the world began.
From God’s gracious right hand that shall forever bless
Flows loving favor, expressing His divine plan.
The day is forthcoming when all conflict shall cease,
As ambassadors offer final conditions of peace.
Listen to this stirring rendition of the Reconciliation Song by Stephen Newby and Antioch Live