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August 22, 2021


August 22, 2021

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Discipleship that does not lead to transformation and the is not biblical discipleship.

One pitfall that can happen in discipleship is failing to aim instruction at the deepest level of the hearer’s about identity, origin, meaning, ultimate value, morality, and destiny—in other words, one’s .

  1. Without intentional aim toward true transformation that penetrates a new believer’s worldview, results.
  2. Syncretism—the mixing of Christian-like changes in belief and behavior with non-Christian beliefs— a pure, biblical foundation that is absolutely for discipleship multiplication.

2 Corinthians 5:18

Paul’s new calling made him an

  • God had not only reconciled Paul to Himself:
    • but him with the of reconciliation.
    • to communicate God’s new to all mankind

What’s the difference between reconciliation and repentance?

  1. only can reconciles,
  2. whereas only a    can repents
    1. in reconciliation the are brought into relationship with God
    2. but it’s impossible for God and to be reconciled.
    3. The word “reconcile” implies
      1. when you repent of your sins, God His attitude toward you… from wrath to .

God act according to His righteous character

    1. He‘ll acknowledge what Jesus accomplished on the
    2. and set aside His toward everyone who

Bible terms that describe a sinner being changed (or converted) from a life of sin:

  • “justified:”  every charge against him is
  • “redeemed:”  so his is ended
  • “mercy:” the love and of God
  • “propitiation:” meaning that a satisfactory payment has been for their sin
  • “reconciled:” meaning all alienation has .

2 Corinthians 5:19

       1. The here is as wide as the “all” of 2 Corinthians 5:14 … the “world” is the world of

        Colossians 1:19-20

       2. Regarding the people of this world…

    1. only those who and take advantage of the offer are reconciled.

    2. The words “not reckoning their trespasses unto them” clearly indicate their were what caused them to be alienated from God for once their sins are … the outcome became

        Psalm 7:11

3. “The message of reconciliation” entrusted to Paul was God’s Treaty, and the terms of that peace terms are now offered in the message

2 Corinthians 5:20

  1. Though he was a messenger, he was more than message-boy… but rather an “ who conveyed the mind of the to His subjects and the King’s interests to them.

  2. When an ambassador speaks he is the of the one he represents… It’s as though the Himself had spoken.

  3. “Be reconciled to God” is an exhortation to of the peace God was offering

    2 Corinthians 5:21

    Three parts to this profound statement:

    1. “he made for us”

    2. “he… who

    3. “that in him we might the righteousness of God”

    1. The moment that we place our complete and full faith in Jesus, God righteousness in His sight… He no longer sees our sins!
    2. The sin which was considered against Christ upon the cross was not His and the righteousness which is considered for us is not
    3. In settling the sin-question God made it possible to set aside His wrath and welcome sinners into a relationship of peace with Him!
    4. Paul never lost sight of the reality that God saved him so that he would this message with everyone who doesn’t know it yet.
    5. Likewise, we are we for Christ
    6. If we ignore this, we demonstrate that we neither nor the peace that God has given to us in Christ


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