2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here!” NIV
Doesn’t that just sound great reading that verse? I am filled with hope just knowing that I am a new creation! But there is still more so for the next two minutes, let’s see what we can discover!
Therefore…how many times do we see that word in Scripture? In 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, the NIV has it listed 3 times. So what is it there for?
Our verse, verse 17, starts with “Therefore…”. So we need to ask the question,
What is it there for?
Paul is writing to a church that is having some issues. Many of these issues are similar to ours today. I think that the Corinthians were having an identity issue. Christ had done a redeeming work but the people were not translating that to their daily lives very well.
Chapter 5 starts with Paul describing how our bodies are temporary. We will be clothed with glory when we die. Verse 10 talks of the judgement seat of Christ. All will stand before Christ someday. This should galvanize us to live all the more for Christ!
There is a transition, then, into verse 11. The author is trying to explain why he preaches and lives the way he does. Jumping to verse 14, it reads, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all,…”
I love the strong language…compels. Who is compelled these days? Wow!
And more strong words…
“one died for all…”
Because my two minutes is almost up, I will get right to it.
You have been pardoned for your sin. I have also been pardoned.
The sin is gone.
I will jump into this blissful pool of sin-eradication next week.
Until then, enjoy your Pardon. =-)