Scripture: II Corinthians 5

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Our Heavenly Dwelling

II Corinthians 5:1-10 (WEB) For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed being clothed, we will not be found naked. For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened, not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him. 10 For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive the things in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Questions and Answers:

1. What are we living in now (II Corinthians 5:1a)? We are living in an earth house.

2. How is our future home described (II Corinthians 5:1b)? We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

3. For what does Paul say they (and we) are groaning (II Corinthians 5:2)? Paul says they are groaning, longing to be clothed with their habitation which is from heaven.

4. What may be swallowed up by life (II Corinthians 5:3-4)?  That which is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

5. Who made them (and us) for this very thing (II Corinthians 5:5)? God made them (us) for this very thing.

6. From whom are we absent when we’re at home in the body (II Corinthians 5:6)? While we’re at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.

7. By what do we walk (II Corinthians 5:7)? We walk by faith not by sight.

8. What does Paul say they are willing to be (II Corinthians 5:8)? Paul says they are willing rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

9. What is their aim (II Corinthians 5:9)? They make it their aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to the Lord.

The Ministry Of Reconciliation

II Corinthians 5:11-21 (WEB) 11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God, and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. 12 For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died. 15 He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again. 16 Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold,[a] all things have become new. 18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who is a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17)? Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.

2. By whom and through whom are we reconciled (II Corinthians 5:18a)? God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.

3. What did God give to us (II Corinthians 5:18b-19)? God gave to us the ministry of reconciliation.

4.  On whose behalf are we ambassadors (II Corinthians 5:20)? We are ambassadors on behalf of Christ.

5. What did God do so that in Christ we might become the righteousness of God (II Corinthians 5:21)? God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  

HEAR the WORD

II Corinthians 5:10 (WEB) For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive the things in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

II Corinthians 5:11-16 (WEB) 11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God, and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. 12 For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died. 15 He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again. 16 Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse II Corinthians 5:10. My Bible notes: While eternal life is a free gift given on the basis of God’s grace, each of us will still be judged by Christ.  This judgment will reward us for how we have lived.  God’s gracious gift of salvation does not free us from the requirement for faithful obedience.  All Christians must give account for how they have lived.  

Ponder the above verses II Corinthians 5:11-16.  My Bible notes: Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God.  Christ’s love controlled their lives.  Because Christ died for us, we also are dead to our old lives. Like Paul, we should no longer live by pleasing ourselves, we should spend our lives pleasing Christ, who died for us and rose from the grave.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.

II Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated – we are re-created.  We are new creations, living in vital union with Christ. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

WE have the privilege of encouraging others to accept the gift of re-creation.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will look forward to our eternal home in heaven (II Corinthians 5:1).  Lord, I pray we will live by faith not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). Lord, I pray we will make it our goal to please You (II Corinthians 5:9). Lord, I pray we will no longer live for ourselves but will live for Your Son, Christ Jesus, who died for us (II Corinthians 5:15).  Lord, I pray we will take seriously the call to be an ambassador for Your Son, Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:20).  In His name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I truly live by faith.” <>< Dona