In 1858, Francis Ridley Havegal visited Germany with her father, who was being treated for an eye problem. While in a pastor’s home, she saw a painting of the crucifixion with words under it that said:"I did this for thee. What has thou done for me?” Quickly she too … More
In this passage Paul comes to two conclusions:
Paul summarizes the motive of the whole Christian life (vv. 16-21). Christians are brand new people on the inside (v. 17). We are not merely turning over anew leaf, we are beginning a new life under a new master. God brings us back to Himself by blotting out our sins and making us righteous (vv. 18-19). As believers, we are Christ’s ambassadors (v. 20). We exchange our sins for His righteousness (v. 21). Christ died for all and the old self of the Christian died in that death. He arose a new man. In this newness of life we have acquired a new set of standards.
As a Christian, I am Christ’s ambassador in this world. Therefore, if sinners reject me and my message, it is Jesus Christ who is actually rejected. What a great privilege it is to serve Him!
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 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.
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