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. 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. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 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. 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. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21 ESV)
“The old has gone and the new is here!” Over the past week I have been looking to my past to remember God’s power, His faithfulness, those that God has used to develop me as a person, and the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for us. Today, as I reflect on the words found in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 about the redemptive power of God’s forgiveness, I find that there is nothing more powerful, faithful, sacrificial, and life changing than the forgiveness God has given me through His son Jesus Christ.
I have been made a child of God and as a child of God I was destined to be conformed to the image of Christ.
Romans 8:29 Tells us “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”.
He also has anointed me to serve Him. John 2:27 reminds me of this, “But the anointing in which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
Today, I remember the life changes I experienced through God’s forgiveness. I have completely forgotten my old life and instead I remember the day my life changed forever. I Praise God and thank Him for a new life in Christ.
I have also come to realize that we are commissioned to do the works that Jesus did and greater works than He did BECAUSE He went to the Father. (He did His part by going, now it’s our turn and our job is to do the greater works).
John 14:12-14 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it”.
I am sent as He was sent.
John 20:21 “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you”.
Moreover, I am to do the same thing He did, which was: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil hath sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
Thus, let us not forget that we are not only saved, not only anointed but also commissioned to go and conform others to a Christlike life, and send them out in the Name of Jesus to make apostles!
Now receive this Blessing;
May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Num 6:24-26)
May the presence of the Lord be with you wherever you go. In this way, may people know you have found favor in the sight of the Lord. The presence of God is what distinguishes you from all the other peoples on earth. (Exod 33:15-16)