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Made the righteousness of God

March 29, 2018

2 Corinthians 5--21

As we continue moving toward the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the Verse of the Day for March 29, 2018 reminds us of the accomplished work of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

By means of this remarkable exchange, God replaces the righteousness of humanity, which is but “filthy rags” with the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:22 in the Amplified Bible further explains:

This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction,

Not only do we now have the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, but we have so much more:

1 Corinthians 1:30 (REV):

But of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God—and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption,

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin],

Because of accomplished work of Jesus Christ, those who trust in him are made new, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 makes known:

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

The Amplified Bible explains in more detail:

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are made alive and obtain new life by the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:10-11 (Revised English Version) reiterates this point:

10 But, if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 Moreover, if the spirit of him who raised Jesus out from among the dead lives in you, he who raised Christ Jesus out from among the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit that dwells in you.

1 John 4:13 explains:

This is how we know that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his spirit.

Since we have received the spirit of life, we are also encouraged to walk in that spirit:

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus 

has made me free from the law of sin and death

Romans 8:2

 

As we move into this new season, we shall see what it brings,

As we learn that the life in the Spirit is where we should be.

No longer in bondage to sin and death we have been set free.

Since we have been brought into the new, we can now do new things,

For our desire is to please God, to succeed and to excel,

We know that we are saved by grace, not by our own merit.

We covenant with God that we will walk in the Spirit

And provide a place where the Spirit of God may dwell.

Ever aware of God’s loving kindness and faithfulness,

We embrace the Spirit of the Living God and understand

That to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh, is God’s command.

As we mature, we attain a measure of Christ’s fullness.

The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free

To walk into the fullness of all God has called us to be.

We close with the Verse of the Day set to music by Hosanna! Music: God made Him (2 Corinthians 5:21):

 

One God and one mediator

March 28, 2018

As we move farther along toward the culminating celebration of the Resurrection this week, the Verse of the Day for March 28, 2018 reminds us of the unique role that Jesus Christ played in reconciling fallen humanity back to God:

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV):

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

Galatians 3:20 (AMP) explains what this means:

Now the mediator or go-between [in a transaction] is not [needed] for just one party; whereas God is only one [and was the only One giving the promise to Abraham, but the Law was a contract between two, God and Israel; its validity depended on both].

Jesus Christ also revealed his singularly important position when he made known:“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

This truth is affirmed in Acts 4:12:

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Another aspect of Christ’s unique role as our mediator is found in Hebrews 9:15:

Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

As the mediator of a new covenant, his function transcends the first covenant (the Mosaic Law). Note the difference between the two covenants:

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

Prior to Jesus Christ, failure to keep the Law of the Old Covenant resulted in experiencing the “curse of the law.” On the other hand, the new covenant mediated through Christ Jesus provided remission of sins and positioned believers to stand before God clothed in righteousness by the grace of God, to stand boldly before His presence with no sense of sin, guilt, shame nor condemnation.

We are reminded of this truth in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Through Jesus, a perfect sacrifice, our mediator, we are made right with God through faith in Christ Jesus. During this week we are especially mindful of the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, our mediator. We have been made new in Christ and must now

Arise to a New Place

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation:

old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

Arise to a new place–all things have been shifted.

 

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted.

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Arise to a new place–all things have been shifted.

Even in darkest times I have always been there.

 

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away.

Even in your darkness I have always been there.

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

In a place where love abounds and peace never ends.

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

We walk together, hand in hand as faithful friends.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

We walk together hand: in hand as faithful friends.

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

 

We close with a musical statement similar to the first part of the Verse of the Day:“There is a God”

No longer live for ourselves but for Christ

April 5, 2016

2 Corinthians 5--14-15

The Verse of the Day for April 5, 2016 is found in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (Amplified Bible), to which we add verses 16 and 17 to round out the passage:

14 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

The passage begins with a reference to “the love of God “which “controls and compels us.” In the King James Version the phrase used is “constrains us,” which is explained as the Middle Eastern custom of expressing an invitation to dine over and over, beyond the customary offer of once or twice but continuing to compel the individuals until they relent and respond to the love demonstrated toward them. Understanding the extent to which Christ loved us, we conclude that because He died for all of us, so we should no longer live for ourselves but that we should live for Him who died and was raised for our sake.

Recognizing what Christ accomplished on our behalf, we no longer regard individuals from a human point of view, even though we have known Christ from such a vantage point; now we do not even know him from a fleshly perspective. Logos Bible Software explains:

“For instance, the outward distinctions of Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, slave or free, learned or unlearned, are lost sight of in the higher life of those who are dead in Christ’s death, and alive with Him in the new life of His resurrection.”

The passage concludes with a reference to “new life in Christ Jesus.” In the New Testament, “new” is translated from kainos, meaning that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not ‘new’ in terms of time, or recent but ‘new’ as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”) The word is used to describe “a new creative act—new creation, a new man” in verse 17:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (Amplified Bible):

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

Listen to a musical rendering of 2 Corinthians 5:17(NIV):

To close our comments, here is another song inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:17

New Year: New you–no limits

January 1, 2016

2 Corinthians 5--17

The Verse of the Day for January 1, 2016 comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT):

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

This verse also reinforces the Verse of the Day for yesterday, the last day of the old year, where God reminded us, “Behold, I will do a new thing. . .”

The Verse of the Day on the first day of the New Year also brings to mind the message delivered on New Year’s Eve by Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries entitled “New Year: New—No Limits.” The objective of the teaching session was to help listeners to confess, believe and act on the Word of God, laying a foundation with Luke 1:37:

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

The American Standard Version offers this rendering:

For no word from God shall be void of power.

As we embark upon the next leg of our remarkable journey of discovery and forge ahead toward our destiny in God, Bishop Mellette reminded us that “There are no limits on our lives except for the limits that we place there when we choose not to believe the Word of God.” As believers, we are reminded that we must confess or to come into agreement with the Word of God. Jeremiah 1:12 in the New King James declares:

Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”

In addition, we must commit to and act on the Word of God despite the most challenging circumstances that may confront us. The living illustration of Abraham and Sarah found in Genesis 18:9-14 provides great encouragement.

When God sends a message to Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son in their old age, when Abraham is about a hundred years old and his wife “was long past the age of having children,” they are confronted with a seemingly impossible situation. In response to these circumstances, the Lord responds with a question that is really a statement: Is anything too hard for the LORD? (verse 14)

Abraham, the “father of faith,” overcame these incredible odds, and as Romans 4:20-21 (NLT) clearly reveals that Abraham’s faith increased:

19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

The motivating message for the New Year ended with these two words of encouragement to remind us:

Nothing, nobody can stop us from reaching our destiny this year.

What we are seeking to find in God will be finding us all year long.

We end with this reminder from Israel Houghton with the refrain:

You make all things new

Yes, You make all things new

And I will follow you forward

 

Close the old, enter the new with a different approach

December 28, 2015

2 Corinthians-5--17

At various times when I am part of a large congregation where the Word of God is being proclaimed, I will zero-in on the minister or teacher so intently that I in my mind I block out those around me and focus on the message, as if I am in a one-on-one teaching situation. Such was the case this past Sunday, the last Sunday of 2015, as my wife and I visited our older daughter and her husband who are members of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. Pastor Brent Fuller offered a remarkable message based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, as he shared words of inspiration to end the current and jumpstart the New Year with a “Different Approach,” the title of his teaching. As I reviewed my notes and upon further reflection, I was inspired to complete the following:

A Different Approach

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Because of Christ’s undying love, I choose to love
Based on the love of God, not on what I can see.
Though blindsided by sin with a distorted view,
Through the lens of God’s love I now have a new creation reality.
I longer know Christ or anyone from a human viewpoint
And refuse to imprison others because of their last offense.
God in Christ forgave me each time I would fail or disappoint.
Each day provides one more fresh start, another day to commence:
The old life is gone; a new life has begun that causes me
To take a different approach: To love, see, and know differently.

The final verse of the passage from 2 Corinthians 5 speaks of the individual who abides in fellowship in Christ and becomes a new creation. In the New Testament, “new” is translated from kainos, meaning that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not ‘new’ in terms of time, or recent but ‘new’ as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”) The word is used to describe “a new creative act—new creation, a new man in II Corinthians 5:17 which is more clearly expressed in the Amplified Bible:

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Steven Curtis Chapman reinforces the message of 2 Corinthians 5:17 with the song “All Things New.”

A new creation in the New Year

January 1, 2015

2 Corinthians-5--17

The Verse of Day for January 1, 2015 is the perfectly suited for the first day of the New Year:

II Corinthians 5:17 [Amplified Bible]:

 “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation—a new thing], old things are passed away. Behold, all things become new.”

This verse also provides a perfect follow-up for the Verse of the Day on the last day of 2014:

Isaiah 43: 16, 18-19

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 42:9 makes known the same truth:

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

“To do a thing” means “to work, to do, to make, to fashion, to improvise, to create, to produce.” In discussing the word “new” we find that term hadas is translated “new” in the sense of being fresh, recent—in contrast to the old or former. In Lamentations 3:23 the essence of the word “new” is “renewed”: God’s creation is renewed or refreshed by His compassion and loving kindness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 declares:

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not; they are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Isaiah 48:6 also reminds us that God is continually revealing “new things”:

Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

In the New Testament the Greek word kainos is translated “new,” in terms of that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in terms of time, or recent but “new” as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”); e.g. “new tongues” or “new covenant,” “new commandment,” “new creative act—new creation,” or “new man.”

As we begin the New Year, we anticipate an awesome display of the “newness” or “freshness” of the power of God, who declares: Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 21:5). In light of the newness of life created in Christ Jesus, on the first day 2015, here is a poetic exhortation to

Arise to a New Place

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!

And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like

[the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and    

I will show you what must take place in the future.  

Revelation 4:1

 

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

Arise to a new place–all things I have shifted

 

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted.

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Arise to a new place–all things I have shifted.

Even in darkest times I have always been there.

 

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away.

Even in your darkness I have always been there

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

In a place where love abounds and peace never ends

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day

We walk together, hand in hand as faithful friends

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

We walk together hand in hand as faithful friends.

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

Jump Street 3 offers a spirited, upbeat musical rendering of II Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 5:17: A new creation in Christ

January 1, 2014

?The Verse of the Day on January 1, 2014,  the first day of the New Year brings to mind the concept of newness or being made new.

2 Corinthians 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.

In part of the Verse of the Day for yesterday, the last day of the old year, God reminded us, “Behold, I will do a new thing. . .” To do a new thing means to work, to do, to make, to fashion, to improvise, to create, to produce something fresh and original.

Isaiah 42:9 also makes know this truth:

 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Lamentations 3:22-23 speak of newness in relationship to God:

 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not; they are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The word “new” is translated from the Hebrew word hadas, meaning new in the sense of being fresh, recent—in contrast to the old or former. In Lamentations 3:23 the essence of the word “new” is “renewed”:  God’s creation is renewed or refreshed by His compassion and loving kindness.

In the New Testament, “new” is translated from kainos, meaning that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not ‘new’ in terms of time, or recent but ‘new’ as to form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”)The word is used to describe “a new creative act—new creation, a new man in II Corinthians 5:17 which is more clearly expressed in the Amplified Bible:

 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Listen to a musical rendering of 2 Corinthians 5:17:

The Verse of the Day on the first day of the New Year reminds us once more of God’s declaration: “Behold, I make all things new.”