A New Perspective
Lord who has died and been raised to life, make everything new in me.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:11--6:2
 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.  We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.  If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.  So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat are some of the effects of God’s work in us?
“In my place condemned he stood” is how Philip Bliss puts it in his hymn, continuing, “sealed my pardon with his blood.” This passage is one of the great biblical texts on the atonement, rich with meaning, vivid with imagery. Christ has died in our place (14) and thereby reconciled us to God (18); he bore our sin, who was sinless (21); and this sacrificial death is the means of our salvation (6:2). What more could one say but Bliss’s refrain, “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” Yet praise is but the beginning of our response. With everything made new in Christ, and driven by his love for us, we shoulder a new purpose, no longer living for ourselves (15). We become ambassadors of Christ (20), and through us God makes his appeal to everyone we meet: come and join the new creation, find peace with God and be forgiven. In short, live for the only one worth living for: the crucified and risen Christ.
Pray that through encounters over the coming days you might be an ambassador for the Gospel.
Jesus, thank You that You have given all to bring reconciliation.
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