2 Corinthian 5

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.  

Read 2 Corinthians 5

The ambassadors for Christ.

As a continuation to think of his sufferings and constant peril (4:16-18), Apostle Paul uses the figures of a tent and a building from God in speaking of death and resurrection. Believers are never away from the Lord in the absolute sense, but as long as they are in the body, they are to a degree separated from him, desiring to be with him confidently. This continuing attitude gives full confidence both for present hardships and for the day of judgement.

Apostle Paul shifts the flow of thought from a defense of his ministry to the message at the heart of his letter— the appeal for full reconciliation. “we” refers himself and his ministry team. “you” refers Corinthian people, specifically those who criticized or opposed Apostle Paul. By reconciling with Paul the Corinthians will be reconciling themselves with Christ and God.

Apostle Paul sees his function in the situation as ambassador of Christ, as mediator of reconciliation between God and estranged people because of the grace of Christ. Apostle Paul and his ministry team are the agents who make that reconciliation in present and active. He exhorts Corinthians and those who oppose him to accept this reconciliation which was brought about by Christ’s acceptance of the fullness of human reality, including the penalty of sin.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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