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 May 6, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 1 Chronicles 15-17
Audio: 1 Chronicles 15-17

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Memory Verse of the Week

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
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(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)

2 Corinthians 5 (ESV)

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17!!!!!

    I most definitely am a new creation, and I feel it every minute of everyday. I am new, my life is new, and I am incredulous! I want everyone to know Christ's love, and I am so happy that I can be an Ambassador for Him. 

  2. Because if what Christ did for us on the cross, thankyou that I am a new creation!✝️❤️ 

    Help me to be more like you, that others would see You in me! Shine bright!

  3. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

    I love this passage. This is as true today as it was in the day that Paul wrote this.

    There is a part of me that longs for our heavenly dwelling, to shuffle 'off this mortal coil', this tent, for a building from God, a house, not made with any human hands, eternal and in heaven.

    9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

    The reality is that we remain here, God still has a purpose and a plan for our lives. While we wait with eager anticipation, we are to remain busy, doing what pleases God. 

    I feel compelled to write about the judgement seat of Christ.

    The Greek word used here is 'bema'. It is referred to as the Bema Seat of Christ. It is also the word used of the place where Pilate passes judgment on Christ. (Matt 27:19, Jn 19:13). 

    Paul speaks of this twice, once in Romans 14:10-12 and here in 2 Corinthians 5:10. So what is this judgement seat? What are we judged on? Is evaluation for entrance into heaven? 

    The judgment seat of Christ does not determine salvation; that was determined by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf (1 John 2:2) and our faith in Him (John 3:16). All of our sins are forgiven, and we will never be condemned for them (Romans 8:1). We should not look at the judgment seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us for our lives. Yes, as the Bible says, we will have to give an account of ourselves. Part of this is surely answering for the sins we committed. However, that is not going to be the primary focus of the judgment seat of Christ.

    At the judgment seat of Christ, believers are rewarded based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). Some of the things we might be judged on are how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), and how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9). The Bible speaks of believers receiving crowns for different things based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). The various crowns are described in 2 Timothy 2:5, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, and Revelation 2:10. James 1:12 is a good summary of how we should think about the judgment seat of Christ: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
    From <https://www.gotquestions.org/judgment-seat-Christ.html&gt;

     

     

  4. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

    In Christ

    When people commit their lives to Jesus Christ and put their faith "in Him" for salvation, they pass from being "in sin" to being "in Christ." Putting out faith "in Christ" speaks of putting our trust in Him – not only in what He did but who He is. 

    When that happens, we are a new creation. This speaks of regeneration or new birth. People who experience new birth experience the forgiveness of their sins paid for in Christ's death on the cross on our behalf. 

    When we are born again and are a new creation (in Christ), everything has changed in our relationship with God. We are no longer an enemy of God or living in rebellion of Him. Christ's righteousness has been imputed to us and we are reconciled to God. Nothing can ever change that. 

    One of the ways we will know if our faith "in Christ" is real is if the old things in us do pass away and the new creation lives in its place. New attitudes. New behaviors. New desires. New interests. While sin still exists in our lives, God's sanctifying work in us means that our relationship to sin changes and it loses it's power over us and no longer appeals to us the way it once did. 

    Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

    James 2:14-26 also speak of this at length. 

    I love this video by the late R.C. Sproul where he explains that if we are a Christian, we are in Christ.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4jofHGtkmk

  5. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    This is one of my favorite passages in Scripture, because I know what the responsibility is of an ambassador. What does an ambassador do? He or she represents someone else’s interests. 

    We have been chosen and appointed by God to represent Jesus Christ to the world, and carry a message to them: 

    The gospel!!

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