Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"What God Hath Wrought"

2 Corinthians 5:16-21:  From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 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.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What an amazing promise!  Everything has changed for those who believe!  We are no longer bound by the limitations, stereotypes, opinions and evils of this world.  God looks at us as being reconciled, or made right with Him; we should view ourselves and each other the same way!  We can proclaim the Gospel, win others to Christ and change the world, all because of what He has done for us.  Such love, that God would not only desire this for us, but accomplish it in sending His perfect, sinless Son to become what we were, suffer the indignity of being judged and found guilty by evil, and receive our punishment.

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