February 5, 2023

Consequences of Living for Christ, part 3

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

We’re looking at this passage for the third time now. We began working through this passage way back in the middle of December, and we completed part 2 last week. We are now ready to finish our consideration of the consequences of living for Christ.

In the previous section of 2 Cor, Paul exhorts us to live for him who died for us. (Read vs. 15).

What does that kind of life look like? What does it mean to live for Christ? How would your life change if you really lived for him instead of for yourself?

Note vs. 16a—“therefore, from now on …” These words introduce several consequences or results of living for Christ. What would it look like if we did that? What would be the consequences if we lived for Christ “from now on”?

We’ve looked at three of them, all of which start with the letter “r.”

  1. .16 We regard no one “according to the flesh.” That is, we don’t judge people on a superficial, external, worldly level.
  2. .17 We relate as new creations in Christ. The old, pre-conversion way of thinking and living is gone, and the new worldview and lifestyle has come.
  3.  .18b -19 We reconcile others to God. We have the word and ministry of reconciliation—we tell people the message of vs. 21.

Today we’ll finish up looking at this passage.

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