2 Corinthians Chapter 5 (Mission Part 3)

June 21, 2012

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Corinthians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (NIV)
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

As we are working through the NT, I thought we should take a few weeks to process 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 together as these verses provide the foundation for our mission of One More. Today we are going to dig into 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 and how they relate to our mission.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV)
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

How we see people

2 Corinthians 5:16 (NIV)
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.

(The Beauty of Potential)

We have talked about this concept a lot in the last few months and we will continue to work on this together because our getting it is so important with regards to our mission of One More. If we can’t see people the way that God does, and have a measure of the care and concern that God has for them, we will never embrace our mission.

A new creation in Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

In Christ, we are new creations. God now sees us “in Christ”, which is amazing, but when we are honest about our own lives, we can quickly see that we still have a lot of mess we are dealing with. We are all works in progress. If you can’t see your own mess, then you really can’t reach out to others.

Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

We have to realize that we are on this journey with God where by His Spirit He is working in and on us to change but it is a process, not a one time event. Sanctification is the churchy word for the process. It is a process. We give language to it here by saying that we are:

Trying to live by doing the next right thing

We are faced with choices constantly, we try to do the next right thing, but sometimes we fail. When we do, we are to turn around and go running back to God for forgiveness, which He gives, and then we start living again by trying to do the next right thing. You need to have a picture of God as one who loves you and is for you or this process falls apart. In order to do this, and to reach out to the world with our mission we have to be all about

Grace, Grace, Grace

It is because of the fullness of His Grace that we can experience the kind of life that He created us for.

John 1:14-17 (NIV)
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

It is by His grace that we are able to have relationship with Him. It is not by anything that we have done. Not because we are performing well, but because of His grace.

Galatians 2:21 (NIV)
21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

This whole grace thing is the gift of God

Ephesians 2:4-9 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

And because of this gift of grace to us, we are to be a people of grace, not a critical hypocritical people. It is only as a grace-filled people that we can carry out the mission of One More.

Graceful. Be grace-full. Full of grace for the world, that they might come to know the One and be One More.

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