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Paul's Message

John Collins12/03/20122 Corinthians 5 implores us to persuade others for Christ and not the doctrines of man.  Paul tells us what the "Message" was that God had given him to preach.

Paul says that he did not commend himself so that they might boast about him and lift him up on a platform above other men, he did so to give them answer to those who would try to instigate their boasting about outward appearance.  He said that these that boasted about outward appearance did not boast about what is in the heart.

He said that if he seemed beside himself, it was for God, but if he was in his right mind, it was for them.  The Love of Christ controls us.  Paul had came to the conclusion that if One had died for us, then all had died!  Christ died for all so that those who still remain alive no longer live for themselves but for Him.  He died for their sake, and was raised.

Paul said that he no longer regarded or respected any person according to the flesh.  The man we see is dead.  Even Christ was regarded according to the flesh, because He came into this world under the Law.  Yet we do not regard Christ according to the flesh.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation.  The old man has passed away and the new one has come.  In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting any of the trespasses according to the flesh.  He entrusted to us the Message of reconciliation.  

With this Message, we are ambassadors for Christ.  God makes His appeal through us.  Paul implored us on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.  For each and every one of us, God made Christ to become sin, though he knew no sin.  He did this so that we might become the righteousness of God.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we regard others according to how weak they are in the flesh?  Do we consider ourselves better than sinners, or even other Christians who do not dress and act like we do?  Are we boasting in the flesh?  Do we follow Paul's Message of Reconciliation, which taught us not to consider the flesh but to look to the inward man?  Or have we fallen for some new message that strayed from Paul's Message of Reconciliation?