Wednesday, June 12, 2013

God was making all mankind His friends

Apostolic teachings: The Good News of the New Testament as seen in 2 Corinthians chapter 5.

Here are some thoughts I gathered from 2 Cor. 5 during a devotion sometime last month. Quotations are taken from the Good News Translation (formerly called Today's English Version).

(1) One died for all, All live for One (2 Cor. 5: 14,15)

We recognize that one man, the Messiah, died for everyone,
==>Therefore all (who are baptized in His Name) share in His death.
He died for all,
==> so that all those who live should no longer live for themselves.
Instead, all should live only for Him
==> who died and who was raised to lif - for their sake.

(2) All completely changed (2 Cor. 5: 17-18)

Anyone who is joined to the Messiah is a new being.
This change is performed by God,
==> through the Messiah, who changed us from being His enemies to become His friends.

(3) This is our Message (2 Cor. 5: 19)

God was making all mankind become His friends,
==> through the Anointed One (Messiah).
God did not keep account of their sins,
And God has given us this message,
==> "How He makes them His friends".

(4) Shared sins, Shared Righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)

The Anointed One was without sin,
God made Him share our sin,
==> so that through the Anointed we may share the righteousness of God.

Brothers and Sisters, this is the Good News that we bring to the world.

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