2 Corinthians 5:12-21
2 Corinthians 5:12-21 12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. • Boast- some translations say glory or pride (Greek, kauchēma), which is not a negative association of arrogance or self-conceit. It meant sincere delight and joy in the accomplishments of a dear friend or family member.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. • Regard no one according to the flesh- how do we view people? 2 Corinthians 5:4
Cf. Psalms 73:26; Hebrews 9:27; James 4:14 Pursue people with an eternal perspective.
• Yet now we know Him thus no longer- how do we view Jesus?
Cf. Matthew 12:39-40; 16:4; 1 Corinthians 15:14, 20 Jesus did a lot, but his resurrection is the most significant.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. • In Christ- term used by Paul about 27 times and is used as an identification of a “Christian.”
Cf. Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-28
• as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God- we’ve been given an opportunity to not only personally be reconciled, but to share in the ministry of reconciliation publicly.
Cf. Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:15-16