In the last in our series Made New, studying 2 Corinthians 5, Paul again reminds us of the incredible and undeserved truth that is the Gospel for believers... and we can't be anything but absolutely thrilled. When we're faced with the awesome reality that we have been regenerated and made new because of Jesus Christ, we're reconciled to God because of Jesus Christ, and we're bestowed Jesus' righteousness in place of our filthy sin—we can't help but be over the moon!
Time for a heart check as we continue in our Made New series examining 2 Corinthians 5. Ask yourself honestly: what motivates you? To be motivated is to be moved, Paul tells us. Instead of being motivated by the fear of man, we need to be motivated by a fear of the Lord, motivated within opposition, motivated by our love for Christ, and motivated by a new ambition. He made us His ambition. Shouldn't we make Him our ambition?
Today, we continue our study of 2 Corinthians 5, focusing on God's wisdom on how we define the concept of 'newness'. In verses 6 to 10, Paul reminds us that believers must "live by faith not by sight." Even through the storm, we are not alone because the Holy Spirit gives us the incredible gift of faith. If we have faith, and make our lives count, purposing to please Him, we will see clearly... and live clearly.
Welcome to the first in a new 4-part series that delves deep into the wisdom of God's Word from 2 Corinthians 5, where we stop to consider the concept of 'newness'. Humans tend to love all that is 'new'—but it's the wrong 'new' we search for in this temporary world. In today's passage, we learn about accepting the 'tents' (aka our bodies) that house us during our time here on earth, and remembering how much more God has planned for us in our eternal Home, Heaven. The older we get, the closer we get to seeing Him face-to-face!