2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Therefore: we sincerely persuade others (11-15), we see Christ/People differently (16-19), we are ambassadors for Christ (20-21).
Therefore: we sincerely persuade others (2 Cor 5:11-15)
It is a fear of God and a love from God that motivates us to be obedient in the faith.
Fear: 2 Sam 6
Love: 2 Cor 5:14-15
Those who "live in Christ" have died to sin and old self
Sin: 1 Peter 2:24-25
Old Self: Eph 4:22-24
Two characteristics that help us live obedient lives to Jesus:
Having a humble heart
Therefore: we see Christ/People Differently (16-19)
"To judge others according to worldly standards, or from a sinful point of view, only furthers division and discord rather than fostering reconciliation." - 2 Corinthians, New American Commentary
How are we a new creation?
- All this is from God
- It is through Christ alone
Therefore: we are ambassadors for Christ (20-21)
God continues to act through those who have been reconciled
These things matter: prayer, sharing the gospel, and serving.