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031812 reconciliation goh kp

  1. 1. RECONCILIATION2 Corinthians 5.11-21
  2. 2. PERSUADING PEOPLE2 Corinthians 5.11 Therefore, knowing the fear of theLord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.  Knowing how to fear God  Knowing that God knows us  Knowing others through our conscience
  3. 3. COMMENDATION2 Corinthians 5.12 We are not commending ourselves to youagain but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that youmay be able to answer those who pride themselves on amans position and not on his heart.  We persuade men to come to Christ  We are not commending ourselves We commend people not based on their social status or appearance but what is in their heart
  4. 4. COMMENDATION“We do not say this, as if we thought there was any needof again recommending ourselves to you, but to give youan occasion of rejoicing and praising God, and to furnish you with an answer to those false apostles who glory inappearance, but not in heart, being condemned by their own conscience.”(from John Wesleys commentary on the whole Bible produced between 1754 and 1765)
  5. 5. UNDER CHRIST’S CONTROL 2 Corinthians 5.13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. How others may see us: We are beside ourselves (not in character; strange; over passionate)  We are controlled by the love of Christ  We are convinced that one has died for all
  6. 6. UNDER CHRIST’S CONTROL “For if we are transported beyond ourselves - Or at least, appear so to others, speaking or writing with uncommon vehemence. It is to God - He understands (if men do not) the emotion which He himself inspires. If we be sober, if Iproceed in a more calm, sedate manner, it is for your sakes- Even good men bear this, rather than the other method, in their teachers. But these must obey God, whoever is offended by it.”(from John Wesleys commentary on the whole Bible produced between 1754 and 1765)
  7. 7. CHRIST DIED FOR ALL2 Corinthians 5. 15 And he died for all, that those who live mightlive no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus nolonger. 17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. Because Christ died for all:  life in Christ is possible for all  life is no longer for ourselves but for Christ  life is renewed and recreated
  8. 8. GOD RECONCILES US TO HIMSELF2 Corinthians 5.18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry ofreconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses againstthem, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Through and in Christ:  God has reconciled us to Himself  God no longer count our sin against us  God gives us a new responsibility, that is, to bear the message of reconciliation to others
  9. 9. AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST 2 Corinthians 5.20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, Godmaking his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. Having reconciled us to Himself,  God makes us ambassadors of Christ  God makes His appeal to others through us God enables us to implore urgently, to beg eagerly to be seek reconciliation with God
  10. 10. THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION2 Corinthians 5 .21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.The righteous God is able to reconcile sinners such as us to Himself because:  Christ who knew no sin, was made sinful with our sins  Christ made it possible for us sinners to become the righteousness of God instead