Salvation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)Pastor Joe Sanders, April 6, 2014
Part of the A Theology of the Cross series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The events on the cross and at the resurrection 2000 years ago have forever changed our destinies. We know with a certain confidence that when our bodies die, those who have by faith believed in Christ will spend eternity with him. But what about now? What does the cross have to do with our lives now, before we die, in all of the years that we have left to live on earth? As God has shown throughout history, his mission is to enable people to have a relationship with him. He has spoken plainly about himself and has sent the message of hope and life to us through various people and means, primarily in Jesus and the cross. And now, he has given us his mission and invited us to tell others how to have a relationship with God! His purpose of relationship has been fulfilled in us so that it can be fulfilled through us!
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2 Corinthians 5:11-21
11Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 12For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. 13For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. 14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)