“All This Is From God” ( 2 Corinthians 5: 21, NIV ) by Carley Evans


The ultimate paradox — Jesus who commits no sin becomes sin for us, “so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Paul explains, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciles us to Himself through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) Our sin is stripped away by the Lord’s death. As a result,”God makes His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

Because the power we have is directly from God,”we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us…in His presence.” (2 Corinthians 4:14) We also know that “though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17) We know “we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1) We also know that God “has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 5:5) Therefore, “life is at work in [us].” (2 Corinthians 4:12)

“Like A Thief” (2 Peter 3: 10 – 11, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come like a thief.”

No one knows the day or time a thief will enter the house to steal the silver. So it is with the Day of the Lord. No one knows when “the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved.”

No one knows when “the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

Therefore, exhorts Peter, “since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by [Christ] without spot or blemish, and at peace.” (2 Peter 3: 14)

God’s patience is our salvation, says Peter. God delays His Day of judgment in order to gather His sheep to His pasture, so that none will be lost.

“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3: 11)

“To this end, we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1: 11 – 12)