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Imploring people to be reconciled to God

Scripture reading for August 4th:  2nd Corinthians 5, Psalm 4, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  2nd Corinthians 5:17-20  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  

Paul explained what happens when anyone believes in Jesus Christ.  That person becomes a new creation through God’s work inside of them.  In Christ, God made it possible for all men to have their sins forgiven and be made right with Him.  Paul and all believers are given this message of reconciliation through Christ to share with others as an ambassador, even imploring them to accept Christ’s open offer of forgiveness.

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for making me a new creation in Christ and for calling me to be Your ambassador to call others to reconciliation on Your behalf.  (Action Step:  look for an opportunity to implore someone to be reconciled to Christ today.)

Proverbs 31:8-9  “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  

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Boasting in the Cross of Christ!

Scripture reading for August 24th:  Galatians 6

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.  Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:1-2)   Paul ended his letter dealing with false teaching by encouraging the church members to gently and humbly help those caught in a trap of sin.  That sin might have been one of the acts of the sinful nature described by Paul, or it might have been the sin of trying to keep the law rather than walk by faith in the grace of Christ.  Paul warned them to be careful in restoration, that they not also be tempted.  Christ’s law is the law of love–love our neighbor as ourselves.

“Don’t be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”  (Galatians 6:7-8)   When we continue to live in known sin and yet claim to know Christ, we actually are mocking God.  We can’t mock God without consequences!   How we live is like sowing seed.  We do reap what we sow!

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Neither circumcision or uncircumcision means anything;  what counts is a new creation.” (Galatians 6:14-15)  Paul’s faith rested in the finished work of his Lord Jesus Christ!  He was a new creation in Christ.  This truth must be the foundation of all believers!  What is your boast today?

 

 

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Out with the old, in with the new!

Scripture reading for November 27th: 2nd Corinthians 1-5

Many Christians don’t realize who they really are in Christ.  They struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. They try to be different and keep the rules or commandments but always fail or fall short. “Try harder!” some well-meaning saints encourage!   But the harder they try, the more frustrated they become. The secret is in knowing who we are in Christ.

When we are truly ‘born again’, we are transformed inside by the Holy Spirit into ‘new creations’. (John 3:3-8) (2nd Corinthians 5:17)   As God blew breath into Adam and he became a living being, so God’s breath comes into us by the Holy Spirit!  We haven’t  added a new set of rules to live by.  Our life is brand new at it’s core, in our heart and spirit! We now have an eternal relationship with Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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.  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 made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

We have a new identity!  The new creation that is formed in us by the Holy Spirit is reconciled to God.  We are no longer cut off from Him by sin.  God did this work of reconciliation at the cross.  He put our sins on His Son and He paid the penalty. We are adopted into God’s family and given the task of appealing to others on Christ’s behalf.   Our position is “ambassador” of Christ.  We are to implore men and women to be reconciled to God.  We have a divine purpose and our identity is found in Christ.

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A dwelling for God!

Scripture reading for September 23rd: Ephesians 2:1-22

God does everything with a purpose in mind.  God knew His plans for us before creation. (Ephesians 1:4)  God knew how these plans would be accomplished and is still active in bringing them to completion.  One of His stated desires was to dwell intimately with His people and be their God. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)  He chose to accomplish this through sending His Son, Jesus Christ to provide redemption and forgiveness of sins.  His further plan was to send the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Father, to dwell within each believer.  (Ephesians 1:13-14)  The Holy Spirit is a guarantee of our full redemption when God’s plan is fully completed to bring all things in heaven and earth under Christ.  (Ephesians 1:9-10)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)  God’s grace is at work through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  He has made us into a new creation.  He is the Master Craftsman working on us from within to work in us God’s grace.  He leads us into the things of God and reveals Christ to us.  He prepares us for the good works God wants us to do and shows us what they are.  We must chose to walk in them.

God is taking both Jew and Gentile into this plan through the blood of Christ.  The two are no longer separate, but by faith in Christ they are now one!  Both have access to God by the Spirit and both have become children in God’s house.  This house included the apostles and Old Testament prophets with Jesus Christ Himself the chief cornerstone!  (Ephesians 2:20)  “In Him the building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in Him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22)

God’s plan included all nations, not just the Jews.  God’s plan was outlined in former times before Christ by the prophets and now is being preached by the apostles.  We who know Christ are joined with those of faith to become a dwelling place for God–the new temple!

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What counts?

Scripture reading for September 21st: Galatians 6:1-18

Even spiritual people get caught in sins.  Spiritual people can still make wrong choices and become deceived.  Pride is usually the culprit and we fall into the devil’s trap.  Paul encouraged the Galatians to carry each others burdens and love others enough to seek to help them be restored.   We must stay in the Spirit and not become conceited or prideful ourselves because we can fall into sin ourselves.  We must be honestly checking out our own hearts for wrong attitudes and prideful judgments of those who are trapped.  (Galatians 6:1-5)

Paul briefly speaks to the Galatians about their giving.  They are encouraged to share their resources with those who teach them the word of God. Generosity and blessing God’s workers is the heart of the Spirit too!

“Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature,  will from that nature reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)   Sowing is always a choice of our free will.  We are not victims or creatures caught in our circumstances.  We make choices each day to either follow the Spirit or our sinful nature.  The easy path naturally is the way of the sinful nature.  However, it is in truth the hard path because it always leads to destruction and death.  When we choose the way of the Spirit, the trials come and the enemy opposes us.  However, this path always leads to eternal life and blessing!

The false teachers were trying to get the Galatians to follow the law.  In that way they could boast in their flesh and avoid persecution from the religious Jews.  Paul’s word to them was, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.  Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” Our good works, however religious they may be, can never produce righteousness in us before God.  Our only hope is faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.  This faith brings the Holy Spirit into our life to make us a new creation of God.  “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)

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New creation realities!

Scripture reading for November 27th: 2nd Corinthians 1-5

Many Christians don’t realize who they really are in Christ.  They struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. They try to be different and keep the rules or commandments but always fail or fall short. “Try harder!”, some well-meaning saints encourage!   But the harder they try, the more frustrated they become. The secret is in knowing who we are in Christ.

When we are truly ‘born again’, we are transformed inside by the Holy Spirit into new creations. (John 3:3-8) (2nd Corinthians 5:17)   As God blew breath into Adam and he became a living being, so the breath of God comes into us by the Holy Spirit and we become alive to God!  Our life is brand new at it’s core, in our heart and spirit! We now have an eternal relationship with Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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.  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 made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

The new creation that is formed in us by the Holy Spirit is reconciled to God.  God did this work of reconciliation at the cross when He put our sins on His Son . We are adopted into God’s family and given the task of appealing to others on Christ’s behalf.   Our new position is “ambassador” of Christ, imploring men to be reconciled to God.  We have a divine purpose and our identity is with Christ.

What a blessing to be forgiven!  What freedom to know eternal life and a relationship with our heavenly Father!  These new creation realities are appropriated by faith and lived out daily.  Our God is for us and we are for Him!  Appropriate your “ambassador” status today and invite someone you know to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ!

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What counts: a new creation!

Scripture reading for September 21st: Galatians 6:1-18

Even spiritual people get caught in sins.  Spiritual people can still make wrong choices and become deceived.  Pride is usually the culprit and we fall into the devil’s trap.  Paul encouraged the Galatians to carry each others burdens and love others enough to seek to help them be restored.   We must stay in the Spirit and not become conceited or prideful ourselves because we can fall into sin ourselves.  We must be honestly checking out our own hearts for wrong attitudes and prideful judgments of those who are trapped.  (Galatians 6:1-5)

Paul briefly speaks to the Galatians about their giving.  They are encouraged to share their resources with those who teach them the word of God. Generosity and blessing God’s workers is the heart of the Spirit too!

“Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature,  will from that nature reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)   Sowing is always a choice of our free will.  We are not victims or creatures caught in our circumstances.  We make choices each day to either follow the Spirit or our sinful nature.  The easy path naturally is the way of the sinful nature.  However, it is in truth the hard path because it always leads to destruction and death.  When we choose the way of the Spirit, the trials come and the enemy opposes us.  However, this path always leads to eternal life and blessing!

The false teachers were trying to get the Galatians to follow the law.  In that way they could boast in their flesh and avoid persecution from the religious Jews.  Paul’s word to them was, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.  Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” Our good works, however religious they may be, can never produce righteousness in us before God.  Our only hope is faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.  This faith brings the Holy Spirit into our life to make us a new creation of God.  “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)

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Compelled by Love!

Scripture reading for September 1st: 2nd Corinthians 5:12-21

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died.  And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them.” (2nd Corinthians 5:14-15)  Love is one of the strongest of human motivations.  God’s love poured into a human vessel through Christ Jesus is stronger than natural human love.  Paul had received the love of God that brought forgiveness of his many sins.  He had heard the Gospel message, even received it directly from Jesus Christ by revelation.  (Galatians 1:11-12)  He was fully convinced that Jesus died for all men’s sins.  For him, he was compelled by the love of Jesus to live fully for Christ!

“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.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2nd Corinthians 5:16-17)   Paul’s vision of Christ had changed.  He was no longer a false teacher and messiah pretender whose followers needed to be removed from the earth.  Paul’s worldly vision was blinded on the Damascus road and a new revelation took its place.  Christ was Lord of All and the Son of God!  Paul was adopted into God’s family and made a new creation that day.  The “old Paul” died, and a “new creation Paul” emerged through faith in Jesus Christ.  Paul’s vision of others changed that day too.

Paul got a new mission: the ministry of reconciliation.  “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2nd Corinthians 5:20-21)  Compelled by the love of Christ, Paul was pleading with men and women everywhere on Christ’s behalf.  He was now an ambassador for the Lord, sent in Christ’s place to make the King’s plea!  All men could become righteous through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!  Have you responded to this plea?  If you are already a believer, are you offering this plea, compelled by Christ’s love, to your family, friends and neighbors?

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New Creation Realities!

Scripture reading for November 27th: 2nd Corinthians 1-5

Many Christians don’t realize who they really are in Christ.  They struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. They try to be different and keep the rules or commandments but always fail or fall short. “Try harder!”, some well-meaning saints encourage!   But the harder they try, the more frustrated they become. The secret is in knowing who we are in Christ.

When we are truly ‘born again’, we are transformed inside by the Holy Spirit into new creations. (John 3:3-8) (2nd Corinthians 5:17)   As God blew breath into Adam and he became a living being, so the breath of God comes into us by the Holy Spirit and we become alive to God!  We haven’t just added a set of rules to live by.  We don’t just learn a creed of ethics that makes us different from other religions.  We don’t just go to church and sing songs and learn traditions.  Our life is brand new at it’s core, in our heart and spirit! We now have an eternal relationship with Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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.  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 made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

We have a new identity!  The new creation that is formed in us by the Holy Spirit is reconciled to God.  We are no longer cut off from Him by sin.  God did this work of reconciliation at the cross.  He put our sins on His Son and the Son paid the penalty. We are adopted into God’s family and given the task of appealing to others on Christ’s behalf.   Our position is “ambassador” of Christ.  We are to implore men and women to be reconciled to God.  We have a divine purpose and our identity is with Christ instead of self and sin.  Low self-esteem is an old thing that is vanquished!  The new has come and is from God!

What a blessing to be forgiven!  What freedom to know eternal life and a relationship with our heavenly Father!  These new creation realities must be appropriated by faith and lived out daily.  Our God is for us and now we are for Him!  Appropriate your “ambassador” status today and implore someone you know to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ!  It’s who you really are and your divine purpose!

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