There's just so much in this chapter.
Paul is writing his second letter to the Christ followers in Corinth.
There's 2 sections - read them both slowly.
I don't use a whole chapter very often.
I just felt like there were people who might need just the 1st section,
others who might need only the 2nd,
while maybe others who might need to read both.
2 Corinthians 5
we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down
when we die and leave this earthly body),
we will have a house in
an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human
2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.
we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh,
but it's not that
we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us.
want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be
swallowed up by life.
5 God himself has prepared us for this,
and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
6 So we are always confident,
even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
8 Yes, we are fully confident,
and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies,
for then we will be at home with the Lord.
9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body,
our goal is to please him.
we must all stand before Christ to be judged.
We will each receive
whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly
we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord,
we work hard to
God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this,
12 Are we commending ourselves to you again?
are giving you a reason to be proud of us,
so you can answer those who
brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere
13 If it seems we are crazy,
it is to bring glory to God.
And if we are in our right minds,
it is for your benefit.
way, Christ's love controls us.
Since we believe that Christ died for
we also believe that we have all died to our old life.
died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer
live for themselves.
Instead, they will live for Christ,
who died and
was raised for them.
we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.
time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view.
differently we know him now!
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.
The old life is gone;
a new life has begun!
all of this is a gift from God,
who brought us back to himself through
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting
people's sins against them.
And he gave us this wonderful message of
20 So we are Christ's ambassadors;
God is making his appeal through us.
We speak for Christ when we plead,
"Come back to God!"
God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,
that we could be made right with God through Christ.