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STUDY TEXT: 2 Cor. 5: 15-19
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 INTRODUCTION

Our memory verse made us to understand that all true Christians are Chosen generation, a royal priesthood. That we all are made up of one big family. A sort distinct and  special people, different from the rest of  common people. That we are of another spirit, our principles and practices are unique only to people of our faith and inclinations. And all these We could never be if we were not Chosen in Christ Jesus  to be sanctified by  His spirit.

That we are royal in our relationship to Christ, in our power in Christ, and even over our mortal body. As well as over all our physical and spiritual enemies.

We are a holy nation collected together under one head, being consecrated and devoted to God. A people effectively called out of darkness into a state of His marvelous light, joy,  pleasure, prosperity and sound health in a body. For us to be further appreciative of what used to be before we became what we are now, the Apostle reminds us, that there was a time when we were not a people, nor under mercy, a people who were disclaimed and divorced from God. Hosea 1:9 “Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

Outline

  1. Regeneration
  2. Reconciliation

In our study text, the Apostle mentioned two things which are the consequences of Christ dying for our sakes. These two things are  “Regeneration” and “Reconciliation”.

REGENERATION

Regeneration consists of two things:

Weaning from this world: 2 Corinthians 5:16 says “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”  That as true Christians, we must not own or affect any person in this world for carnal or for outward advantage. Rather, we are regularly enabled by divine grace, not to mind or regard the  things of this world or this world itself.

The love of God must be in our hearts always and the things of this World must be behind us and under our feet. This is the only way that our new status, our changed life can be sustained. “For if any man be in Christ…” If any man be true Christian indeed, let him become a new man in his thoughts, and conducts. Not only that he now have a new identity, but that he also have a new heart and a new nature. So great is this change that the grace of God enables in the new heart that it follows.

Old things are passed away.” Old thought, old acquaintances, old practices are passed away “all things must become new“. We must understand that this regenerating grace creates a new world and new affections in the heart.  A new end is now in our sight.

RECONCILIATION

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Reconciliation pre supposes a quarrel, a breach of trust, a broken relationship between God and man, with man regularly being the offender and the guilty party.

The heart of man is regularly filled with enemity and disobedience against God and God being regularly justified and offended against the sinner. There may be a reconciliation, the offfended majesty is willing to bring us back to Himself. He therefore appointed a Mediator (to reconcile man with God). He did this through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18). Through Christ, God reconciled Himself to the offender without any injury to His Love, Justice or Holiness.

As God id therfore willing to be reconciled to us, we also must be ready and available to be reconciled to Him. the end  result of all this is that ” we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20. That by Him we are justified freely by His redemption.

QUESTIONS:

  1. How can a believer sustains his new creation in the midst of old habits.
  2. How can a believer preach Christ among the people with whom he lived a life of sin?

Send your answers through the below comment box. Your questions and contributions are welcome. Thank you and God bless.

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