The Great Exchange

“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to become sin itself (or the offering for our sin), so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT.

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

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Reconciled With God

For thousands of years, the relationship between God and man had been broken; Adam’s sin had severed the perfect relationship between God and the man He had created in His own image. With sin in our lives and in our very nature, we could not approach a Holy and Sinless God.

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New People

The Love of Christ, Paul says, controls us, as we realize that His death in our place was, in fact, our death to our old lives. We now live for Him,  pushed forward in His paths by His love,  and also held back from other paths by His love.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  And all this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ.”  2 Corinthians 5:17, 18 NLT.

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Controlled By His Love

“Either way, Christ’s love controls us,” Paul wrote to the church in Corinth.  “Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone, so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, Who died and was raised for them. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 NLT

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By Faith, Not By Sight

In his second letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul wrote about the Christian’s hope of a new life and a new body made by God. This hope is made stronger and more precious by the trials we encounter in this life, and Paul shared in his letter about many of the difficult trials he and his companions were going through.

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All New in Heaven

“For we know,” Paul writes to the church in Corinth, ” that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.” 2 Corinthians 5:1,2 NLT

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The Greater Weight of Glory

In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul described the troubles and persecutions he and his companions were suffering as they spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Through all the dangers and threats of death, God never abandoned them, and the Life of Jesus inside enabled them to continue preaching.

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