Three verses from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 come to my attention when I am reading today’s Scripture. Often times when I am reading, I find words or phrases that make sense to me. These are verses that may be applicable in my life, helping me understand more of who God is, who I am, who the church is and how we all work together. From these three verses, I find three points to be helpful.
The first verse is:
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”(2 Cor 5:17)
We are a new creation when we are in Christ. Our perspective changes on who we are and how we view others. As Paul says, we do not see with human eyes anymore. This is good news and a faithful promise! God works in us. We are a new creation. Everything old has passed away and everything is becoming new.
This is helpful when in at a crossroads in life and there is a need to take a step in a new direction. Knowing that the old has passed away and it is God who makes things new. We, then, can be called a new creation.
The second verse is:
“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20).
We are ambassadors for Christ. After living in Washington DC while going to seminary, I have a new appreciation for the name and work of the ambassador. Ambassadors represent the country in perspective, viewpoints and policies. As Christians, we are Christ’s ambassadors. People see Christ through us. God makes an appeal through us to others. Paul encourages the Corinthians to be reconciled to God through their witness and life. So are we called as the church to be ambassadors and live a life in such a way that people may be reconciled to God by our witness and life.
The third verse is:
“We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.” (2 Cor 5:20-21)
God’s friend….we are God’s friend. God desires to be our friend and a friend to those we know. I often enjoy introducing two friends of mine with one another so that they may know each other. Reminding ourselves that we are friends of God reminds me that God is completely and totally available to us. Our friendship with God can be talked about with other friends in regular conversation like introducing them to one another.
Throughout the day, remember that you are a new creation, an ambassador for Christ, and a friend of God. May these perspectives shape your day today and the days to come.