2 Corinthians chapter 5

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Awaiting the New Body

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. 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,” as some say, it is for 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, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 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 people’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[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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How many of us would have this verse as part of our salvation story and just as one of our “top ten” verses of encouragement. vs. 17” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

It’s exciting to know that when we give our lives to the Lord, we are made new. We are in a new family because we become heirs, sons and daughters , of God. Our sins have been forgiven and we will not come under judgement. We are shiny new creations. We no longer belong to the old creation that fell because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Instead, as the new creation we stand in Jesus — and we are in Him when we place our confidence on Him. For sure, we remain vulnerable to temptation and can fall in many ways. However, our victory lies in Christ’s redemption of our sin whether past, present or future. As a result, we are a new creation in Him!

It reminds me a bit of all the foster kids and families I see around. Many of these kids came from extremely broken homes, possibly alchohol and drug addict parents, unwanted pregnancies, financial hardships etc.. When they were taken in by other families either by foster or adoption, they would now be given the love and care they so desparately needed. Does this guarantee they won’t go through trial and tough times? absolutely not, but they know they have a family they can count on. And how much more so when we have God as our Father!

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Many times Christians fall to temptation and then have difficulty recovering. The lie of Satan is always the same: “How could you call yourself a Christian and behave that way? You must not be saved.” But just because we are a new creation doesn’t mean we can’t fall to temptation. The good news is we have already been forgiven. We need to turn away from our sin. And we need to let go of the guilt and accept the grace and mercy of the One who gave His life for you?

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Father, it is so comforting to know that you are there for me no matter what. I know i can count on your loving arms and loving counsel to get me through tough times. Help me today to rid myself of sin. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus name, amen.

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