Wednesday, September 09, 2009

2 Corinthians 5

My heart is full of rich and sweet spiritual nourishment from this text. Continuing the thought of looking to eternal things from the last chapter, he encourages us with the knowledge we have a heavenly home that means life not death. For this cause we walk by faith, not sight. We can take courage God will reward actions, good or bad.

It follows that if there is certainly judgment and if death is certain, then someone must plead with people -- be reconciled to God! There are all kinds of motivations mentioned here to plead with people. Why share Jesus?
  • Knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men (2 Cor. 5:11).
  • The love of Christ compels us (2 Cor. 5:14).
  • In Christ . . . New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
  • God took initiative to reconcile the world to himself (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
  • We are Christ's ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20).
  • Jesus is the perfect solution to the problem (2 Cor. 5:21).

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