“All This From God” (2 Corinthians 5: 19 – 20, ESV) by Carley Evans

Sometimes we seem to forget that God reconciles the world to Himself via His Son, Jesus Christ. We seem to be under the impression that somehow we individually reconcile ourselves to God through Jesus Christ, His Son.

“All this is from God,” writes Paul, “who through Christ reconciles us to Himself.” (2 Corinthians 5: 18)

Paul does not write, “All this is from you, who — through Christ — reconcile yourself to God” as if Christ’s sacrificial work is secondary to your effort.

If we love God, it is only because He loves us first. In a way, it is as if God loves Himself via His Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

Paul’s message to us is one “of reconciliation, of “God not counting [our] trespasses against [us].” If God decides not to hold our sins against us, why are we so keen to hold them against each other? Why do we forget our sins are nailed forever on the Cross of Calvary?

6 thoughts on ““All This From God” (2 Corinthians 5: 19 – 20, ESV) by Carley Evans

  1. So we don’t have to do anything? Just say okay God I’ll accept the sacrifice of Jesus blood for me and then go back out and live the same life I was living before? Is that how this thing works?
    I’ll use Christ blood as a shield to hide my sins behind, while I led my life, being more careful perhaps to do what I can within my own strength prevent, but if I fail, Christ blood is hiding me anyway. Is that what you’re saying?

    1. We accept the gift the way a child accepts a gift from its parent. The child picks up the gift, tears open the paper, and joyfully takes the gift to itself. If the child has gratitude, all is well. If the child is rebellious, then the gift may go unappreciated. But, it is nevertheless a gift. Gifts are not earned; they are freely given. The child need only open the package.

      1. A gift can actually be earned. A parent often will tell a child, if you be good, I’ll give you such and such. The child didn’t buy it by his conduct, but his conduct pleased the parent and the parent gave the child the gift. So I disagree, a child can earn a gift.
        Also, in the Word of God we read where John the Baptist said, bring forth fruits meet for repentance… Not that this bringing forth would be worthy of the blood of Jesus Christ or His sufferings, but yet John said it so it must have been necessary in those cases.
        Esau sought for repentance carefully and with tears, but he didn’t find it (Hebrews 12:17). Thus we see that the gift is not bestowed so easily as you suggest.
        Also, we see certain people in the New Testament that believed, but Jesus didn’t even acknowledge them, why because he knew their heart. So many that come to Jesus thinking that they can get something for nothing are rejected because Jesus said, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33.
        Salvation cost you something… Therefore Jesus said, “Which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he hath sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14:28
        Salvation cost you all you have… Therefore Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46

        So often people miss out on salvation because they come with all kinds of preconceived notions and things they will and won’t do for God in their mind and God doesn’t accept that. Jesus, our example had this witness, “I do always those things that please Him.” John 8:29
        Paul exhorting the brethren at Corinth, “Whether ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

        There is so much more in the Word of God that shows that salvation is a priceless treasure that men give their very lives to obtain.

  2. Yes, salvation is definitely a priceless treasure. Jesus often describes the kingdom of heaven or of God in that manner — a pearl of great price. We sell everything to possess it. I agree. I did not mean to imply that salvation costs us nothing. It cost us everything — our whole self is given over to God. I only meant that to accept the gift is necessary. If we do not unwrap the gift, it does us no good. The analogy of a child taking a gift is a simplistic one, sorry. Thanks for your wonderful comment! Think of what our salvation cost our GOD!

    1. Such humility… the meekness of a lamb indeed. I hope I myself didn’t come across as being too harsh. Your ability to take an admonition is impresses me. I could learn from it myself.
      I hope my questions and comments don’t become wearisome to you, I only desire to be a help to you as you promote the kingdom of God, that you do it with clarity and accuracy. Nevertheless I do admire the spirit that is in you.
      Romans 8:9 Says, “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Not the knowledge of Christ, not the ability to speak or express like Christ, but the Spirit of Christ… if you have the Spirit, the mind of Christ who humbled Himself, who made Himself of no reputation, who desired to please God in all things… that’s what counts before God.

      1. No, you did not come across as being too harsh. I appreciate your feedback; I enjoy comments and responding to people’s questions unless the questions appear rhetorical or are provocative without cause.

        Your comments are good; well thought out and not at all critical. God is good; He works through you, I am sure.

        Thanks! God bless.

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