“A Word Of Reconciliation” ( 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Paul says he is an ambassador for Christ. God uses him to beseech others to be reconciled to Him through His Son, Jesus. Paul tells his readers that once in Christ, they each become new creations; “the old is gone, the new is come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV) Paul insists that “Christ’s love compels [him].” (2 Corinthians 5:14) Convinced that one died for all, Paul writes “therefore all died.” (2 Corinthians 5:14) If all died, then Paul says he no longer regards anyone from a worldly point of view. Paul strongly reminds:

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, KJV)

Paul carries the Word of reconciliation — that God no longer holds our sins against us. This not of ourselves, lest we should boast. Instead we are saved by grace. Therefore, we “should no longer live for [ourselves] but for Him who died for [us] and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. TikkTok says:

    Paul is probably my favorite out of all the NT personalities (besides Jesus, of course), closely followed by Luke. Paul is one where, imo, you can literally see the hand of God at work. And how awesome is that?!

    The becoming “new” in Christ can be a hard one to understand, because it easy to want to keep dragging the baggage of the past with us…………

    1. lambskinny says:

      Tikk Tok,
      I know what you mean, but — of course — being a new creation is a fact whether we drag along our baggage from the past or not.
      That fact of being new, of having the old “gone”, sustains us.
      That God the Holy Spirit dwells within us gives us such hope, such peace.
      Paul got it right; if only we could.
      In Christ, Carley

      1. TikkTok says:

        Of course! And that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? That’s the part that our human minds have a difficulty dealing with, especially for those that want Christ but don’t feel they are “entitled.” That’s the part that I see as a sticking point for some who are new to the faith or wanting to know more about it- it’s a completely human response that we (collectively, as a species) have a hard time letting go of. It can be hard to let go of the bondage that has enslaved us (again, collectively) particularly when we don’t feel we’ve “earned” it. Grace is a HUGE concept…………….

        Thank goodness we have the Bible and teachers to help with understanding…. 🙂

  2. lambskinny says:

    Tikk Tok,

    GRACE is a huge concept – amen! Grace is often the stumbling block to the abundant life Christ calls us to live. Christians who struggle under the Law rather than glory in grace sometimes, many times seem to be bullies for God, if I may be blunt.

    It is by grace that we are saved, not by works, lest we should boast…
    Praise to our King,

    Carley

    1. TikkTok says:

      Amen to that! We were just talking this week about the early church, and how the concept of “believing and” came into play when the Jewish Christians wanted the Gentiles to be circumcised….. anyway. ABSOLUTELY by faith alone…..

      1. lambskinny says:

        Amen! By grace we are saved and sanctified.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks AMS Daily and Lady D. God bless.

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thanks much, Michael.

  5. lambskinny says:

    Blessings, Survivor Sharing Strength.

  6. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Peace in Heaven and Susie.

  7. lambskinny says:

    Thanks much, Outrageous Work Conditions…

  8. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Drusilla.

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