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.

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