“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)