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Have you ever thought of yourself as an ambassador of God’s kingdom, or as an emissary of Christ’s love? In the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul encourages the church to live as ambassadors of Christ, and Chapter 5 has some excellent reasons why we should.
2 Corinthians Ch. 5 Live no longer for yourself, but for Him who died for you.
v.1-4 Physical death is not the end of life—one day our earthly bodies will be exchanged for heavenly ones.
v.5-8 Once we are absent from the body, we will be present with the Lord.
v.9-10 So aim to please Christ while you are here, because we will all receive from Him according to what we have done in the body, good or bad.
v.11-13 Minister sincerely, having a great concern for souls.
v.14-16 Let the love of Christ compel you to no longer live for yourself, but to help people to know Him and His true purposes so they will believe in Him.
Application: The fact that Christ died for “all,” implies that every person has a need of a Savior, and has access by faith to the benefit of His death for sin.
v.17 Operate according to the change, the renewal, that is possessed by faith in Christ, and labor that other people may possess it too.
v.18-19 We have the message of reconciliation to God through faith in Christ, to take to the world.
v.20-21 So live your life as an ambassador for Christ, as though God were pleading through you with people to be reconciled to Him by faith in Christ, exchanging in God’s sight, their sin for His righteousness.
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