Today, we continue in the next verse of 2 Corinthians 5. Whether this is the first time you have heard this or you have heard it and experienced it for yourself, I hope this entry will be a blessing to you! I, personally, am refreshed in thinking about how God works so beautifully in our lives! He makes us alive in Christ at the point of salvation, then makes us more and more like Him as we grow.
Verse 15 is a very short description of a very long process: Sanctification. After we have received salvation, God incrementally brings us to Himself. He deals with us and changes us to make us more and more like His dear Son. That is sanctification.
2 Corinthians 5:15
And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.
I love using this verse when I am telling someone about Jesus and how it is to be a Christian. This verse says that we will be different when we receive Him as Lord and Savior(become a Christian). He really does change the heart when He comes into it.
For a person who says that they got saved when they were children, this verse clarifies it. When we get saved, receiving Him as Lord and Savior, He really changes our hearts, gives us “new life”, so we will want to know Him and we will want to live for Him. This change also generates gratitude in our hearts toward God for our salvation. These “marks” will be there for those who have truly become Christians.
Christ died for us and we owe Him a debt of gratitude that can and will consume us. The more we realize what Jesus really did for us the more grateful we will be. I have been a Christian since I was about 20 years old. Now I am 52. I am still so overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about how much I needed Jesus to save me. I am still amazed that He did and so very thankful!
It consumes you if let it and being consumed with gratitude is a wonderful thing! It makes the sky a more vibrant blue and the birds singing even more beautiful! Gratitude toward God for your salvation makes you feel alive on a whole new level! It is truly New Life!
That consuming gratitude progresses into a desire to know the Lord better. As we act on that desire, it too grows and can get to the point of being consuming. Having a voracious hunger for knowing God is the best hunger you will ever know. You will find satisfaction in His Word. Being satisfied as He feeds that hunger is simply amazing. He is such a loving and caring God! If you ask for sustenance? He will give you sustenance!
The more you know Him, the more you will see how trustworthy He is. Who can you trust to never ever do you wrong or who always have your best interest in mind? There is not a human being on the face of this earth that is completely trustworthy. God is completely trustworthy – He always has your best interest in mind and it will always line up with His will. I did not say you would always get what you want – I said He has your best interest in mind.
That consuming desire to know Him leads to a greater trust in Him which will grow into a consuming love for Him. Unlike an ‘out of control’ love for anything else, this love, this passion for God will make you a better person in every area of your life.
The love that He develops in us toward Him then will carry through in our behavior and lifestyle. Obedience is the fruit that grows from this beautiful progression.
salvation > gratitude > knowledge > trust > love > obedience
It will not necessarily be this linear because they tend to intermingle as you grow, don’t they? But the result is our living for Christ.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“And He died for all…”
Christ did die for all of us. Whether we give our lives to Him and live in the love and freedom He gives or not. Whether you reject that life and freedom or not, He died for you.
“…that those who live…”
This speaks of those who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are alive in Christ, right? We, as believers, are alive in Christ!!
“…should no longer live for themselves…”
Fullness in Christ comes when we no longer live for ourselves.
“…but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”
Our God is so powerful. A thrill goes through me as I read a passage declaring that death could not hold Jesus in the grave. His triumph was complete and our victory over death is certain – if you and I belong to Him, we are alive in Christ. To add to that great truth, if we live our lives out for Him, our victory in life is also certain. Of course, things will not always go the way we want them to, but God knows what is best and in living for Him we win because He wins.
This is the issue this passage addresses: Jesus Christ is not our Savior if He is not our Lord. If He is not in charge – Lord – we have not committed our lives to Him. There will be areas in our lives that He has not dealt with yet, but the areas He brings to your attention, He is dealing with. That is when we must obey.
I am telling you guys these things because I deeply care about you.
There is no such thing as “fire insurance” with God. In other words, you cannot just get saved enough to stay out of hell. He wants all of me and He wants all of you. There is no such thing as just making it into heaven.
After we have made the initial commitment to Christ, then day by day, moment by moment, decision by decision, we commit ourselves to Him and once again acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives, right? Living our lives out for Him is living with Him as Lord. He is Lord of our lives, Lord of our days, Lord of our minutes.
As we live for Him, He will be glorified and that is our purpose for living as believers. It really is all about lordship… isn’t it?
Lord, I thank You for Your Word and how You help us to know You and help us to live for You. Lord, You know that many people reading this already know these things but some may not. Please help us to all be committed to You. Help us to understand what living for You means. Help us to truly glorify You with our lives and help us to be quick to obey You when You begin dealing with areas of our lives. I ask You that You please help us know You through Your Word. As we seek You in the Bible, please help us to understand. Help us to seek You with all our hearts and help us to know You. Please make us completely Yours. In Jesus wonderful name, I pray. Amen.
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