2 Corinthians Chapter 5 (Mission Part 4)

June 28, 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.

We are talking about our mission statement in as we dig a little deeper into 2 Corinthians 5, which is called One More. One more lost child back to dad. One more to Jesus. One more in the Kingdom of God. A mission statement helps us to evaluate and stay on track with what God is calling us to. We have been looking at 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 as the foundation for our mission statement. We have talked about love being our motivation, we have talked about being a force (Frontline Operation Reconciling, Caring and Encouraging) we have talked about our radical message, radical hospitality and radical generosity. Today we are going to continue to build on these ideas as we look at:

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NIV)
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.

The message of reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV)
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.

The message of reconciliation is the Good News, the Gospel, the Truth. We have all sinned and God made a way for us in Christ to be reconciled to Him. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day He rose, which was witnessed by hundreds of people.

His perfect sinless life was given in exchange for ours. He paid for our sins and we can now be reconciled to God.

And having accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives, this radical message of hope has been committed to us. We are to tell others so that they can be reconciled to God as well. Therefore

We are His Ambassadors

2 Corinthians 5: 20 (NIV)
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.

God is using us to implore others to become reconciled to God. It is an outward focus. Loving people the way that God does so that they might come to know Him.

John 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

How do we do it? How do we get people to hear and receive this radical message of Good News. This radical message of reconciliation. We have to love them enough for them to listen. How do we do that?

5 – 2 – 1 Becoming His righteousness

2 Corinthians 5: 21 (NIV)
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Righteousness – Being right with God and doing what is right

We have to live this out before the world. We get right with God in Christ and then we try and live by doing what is right, by doing the next right thing. We are not perfect and therefore we do not need to run around pointing fingers of judgment. We recognize the fact that all of us desperately need God. We should always treat people in a way that incorporates the beauty of their potential.

Paul will talk more about this in 2 Corinthians 6 and we will get to that next time.

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