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Moving on into chapter 5….

Moving on in chapter 5……

Let me print verses 12-21 for your review:

(2Cor 5:12) For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

(2Cor 5:13) For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

(2Cor 5:14) For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

(2Cor 5:15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

(2Cor 5:16) Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

(2Cor 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

(2Cor 5:18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

(2Cor 5:19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

(2Cor 5:20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

(2Cor 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)

Verse 12 does not begin with the word, “For.”  It begins with “Not again” in the original language.  I believe this is a good place for a new paragraph to begin and your Bible may do so; but it may divide at verse 16 again which is not a proper division because of the word, “Wherefore.”

One can sense Paul and Timothy’s defense, and by doing so, can surmise what they are defending.  Paul’s appearance instead of his heart.  Accusations that they are “beside themselves.”  They defend their motivation – Christ’s love compels them.  And in this context of Christ’s love, they bring up the subject of Christ’s death and the reason we should no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who died and ROSE AGAIN on the reader’s behalf.

Resurrection is a theme running throughout this book, but it does it in such a way that we might miss it.  Death takes place before resurrection. 

Let me introduce a couple of verses from the famous resurrection chapter of 1 Corinthians 15, (1Cor 15:21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (1Cor 15:22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Adam – and Eve – partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil introducing death to the intended life for which they were created and formed.  Therefore, all men must die – including the God-man, Jesus Christ.  But – Praise the Lord! – the “second Adam,” Jesus Christ, introduced something no “adam” had done, nor could do – rise again from the dead!  All those “in Christ” will be made alive to the life intended from the foundation of the earth.

Now – read the above verses again keeping in mind that Paul did not know Jesus in his body of flesh on earth – before His resurrection like the other disciples, or some of the elect there in Corinth, perhaps.  Paul knew CHRIST in His resurrected body of flesh and bones.  “Christ” is the name of our resurrected Lord – the coming Ruler as King.

We can know what Paul meant if we look at the greater context of Paul’s letters: (Gal 1:15) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

 (Gal 1:16) To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

(Gal 1:17) Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 

(Gal 1:18) Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

(2Cor 12:1) It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

(2Cor 12:2) I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

(2Cor 12:3) And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

(2Cor 12:4) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

(2Cor 12:7) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Paul had not been taught “the gospel” by anyone in the flesh.  He received it firsthand from the Resurrected Lord Himself – and for three years.

(1Cor 15:45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

(John 6:63) The spirit, it is, that giveth life (zoe),––the flesh, profiteth, nothing: The declarations (words, “rhema”) which, I, have spoken unto you, are, spirit, and, are, life (zoe). (EBR)

 Perhaps we’d better take a look at Jesus’ words of life.  Just what is the gospel He preached, as well as Paul? 

 Stay tuned! 


May 11, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

1 Comment »

  1. The Gospel of the Kingdom!!!

    Comment by Bob Patterson | May 11, 2010 | Reply

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