Bible: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
The Message of Reconciliation
5:11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, 1 we try to persuade 2 people, 3 but we are well known 4 to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too. 5:12 We are not trying to commend 5 ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, 6 so that you may be able to answer those who take pride 7 in outward appearance 8 and not in what is in the heart. 5:13 For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 5:14 For the love of Christ 9 controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ 10 died for all; therefore all have died. 5:15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. 11 5:16 So then from now on we acknowledge 12 no one from an outward human point of view. 13 Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, 14 now we do not know him in that way any longer. 5:17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away 15 – look, what is new 16 has come! 17 5:18 And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 5:19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us 18 the message of reconciliation. 5:20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea 19 through us. We plead with you 20 on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” 5:21 God 21 made the one who did not know sin 22 to be sin for us, so that in him 23 we would become the righteousness of God.