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Love’s Foundation pt. 2

07 Oct

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I think 2 Corinthians 5 is one of the most important and underlooked chapters in the Bible.  It seems to me to get to the heart of the New Covenant in a deeper and clearer way than just about anywhere else.  Below is part of the chapter that I think brings out some important truths which I’d like to share with you.  My comments are in blue. 

(2 Corinthians 5:13-21):  “For if we (the apostles) are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ constrains us (because the love of Christ had overtaken/captured them, they had no choice but to sacrificially serve others); because we judge thus (here is what they saw that was the foundation for their sacrificial love), that one died for all, therefore all died (what this means is Jesus died AS all, or as a representative of all, and so when he died, all died. This is true even for those who don’t see or believe it). He died for (AS) all, that those who live should no longer live to (or from) themselves, but to (or from) him who for their sakes (on their behalf, as their representative) died and rose again. Therefore (because of this radical truth), we know no one after the flesh from now on (if we really see and believe this, we cannot and will not relate to others based on their outward appearance or the behaviors which come from their ignorant, fearful flesh/nature) Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more (For us right now, Christ is a spirit, not a flesh-and-blood person.  For example, 1 Corinthians 15:45 says Jesus has become a life-giving spirit!). Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things (all that was from Adam’s fallen nature) have passed away (were crucified and buried with Christ). Behold, all things have become new (Christ rose as the “Adam” of a new creation, one that is still maturing).  But all things are of God (God the Father is the origin of this new creation, as well as it’s purpose), who reconciled us to (returned us to peace and union with) himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses (this is very similar to 1 Corinthians 13 stating love keeps no record of wrongs), and having committed to us (literally, “put in us”) the word of reconciliation. We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (the apostles’ message was (and is) that since God made reconciliation already, we simply need to see it and walk in it, though it costs us our old “life” founded on the flesh.  The process of walking out this reconciliation and change from flesh to Spirit, darkness to light, ignorance to understanding, imagination to truth, is called “salvation”).  For him who knew no sin he made (again, the Father did it) to be sin on our behalf (in our place); so that in him (in Christ, in this new creation) we might become the righteousness of God.”  (Actually, there is no “might” in the original text.  This could easily be translated Jesus was “made to be sin on our behalf so that in him we “would become” or “will become” the righteousness of God).

As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus was crucified as “the last Adam,” meaning as a complete and final personification or representation of Adam and therefore of sin.  If Adam goes, sin goes, because Adam/flesh was under the law, and sin is a violation of law.  In that sense, “sin” is gone.  This doesn’t mean anything is ok, by the way.  Of course not.  Paul also wrote that when Jesus rose, he did so as a “second man,” meaning as the beginning of an entirely new race/creation.  The old order of things, based on Adam’s nature of ignorance and fear, which created an illusion of separation from God, has been crucified and buried, once and for all, which is why the Bible says the ways of the flesh (Adam) are “death.”  

This is all true in the spirit and in the mind of God, but our ignorance and pride have not allowed this to come to fruition on earth, yet.  Yes, we can cling to what has been crucified and buried, remaining in ignorance and fear and “sin.”  And some will do this all their natural life.  But once we’re awakened to the reality of Jesus’ death for all, AS all, we can begin to come out from under religion and into the freedom of the Spirit, leading to manifested sonship, instead of all the powerless and often destructive imitations we see today.

To anyone reading this I say this: right now, you are justified, redeemed, reconciled and even united to/with God!  I understand that it may seem impossible for these things to be true, given the way you’ve lived, or how you feel, but it’s true.  I’m  sorry that Christians have brought the law against you, which have contributed to the false beliefs of guilt and shame, which are the exact opposite of how things really are between you and God. But I’m telling you, God is not counting sins against anyone. What He is doing, through His son of which you and I are members and Christ is the head, is bringing all of creation into alignment with what has been accomplished.  If we love and serve, instead of criticize and demand, and if we do these things from the heart, this will be one sign to the world and to ourselves that our message is true and divine.

God bless you.  Let’s keep seeking, keep growing, keep loving, keep walking after the Spirit, day by day.  God is for us, who can be against us?  Absolutely no one and nothing.  The most diabolical and evil scheme, or group of men, whoever that may be and whatever they may be doing, is absolutely dead and powerless.  They absolutely cannot change what Christ accomplished, and the eternal ramifications of it.  They can harm our physical bodies, but those are dying anyway.  They can damage our soul/emotions, but not our spirit, and if we connect with the Spirit within, our souls can be healed in time.  Be at peace.  God bless you.

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