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Should

It goes without saying that each one of us lives to accomplish selfish ends. The very nature of humans is to be selfish and focus on meeting our own needs. This fact explains the change when a person comes to Christ, because they turn their eyes away from the mirror and begin to spatter their life with Christ-like thoughts and actions.
Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:15 writes to this transition as he says, “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.”
There are several important facts in this sentence. One, Christ “died for all” meaning that his death was for all mankind, not just a small portion of mankind. We cannot eliminate anyone from the payment that Christ paid.
Second, “those who live” or accept him as Savior “should no longer live for themselves.” There is no “all” used here but for “those who live” they should exchange their self-centeredness with a fixed gaze on him who died for them. This Christ-ce…

Naked

Do you wonder what it will be like to pass from mortality into immortality? The apostle Paul explained the desire he had to be removed from this earth into the enjoyment of eternity but in discussing that he wanted to assure the believers at Corinth, so encumbered with false spiritual myths, that no one becomes a disembodied spirit when death overtakes them.
He stated with assurance that, “if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)He went on to say, “because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked” (vs. 3) which is interpreted as meaning that there is no time when we will be without a body. God will supply a body for our spirits. This may be a temporary body until the resurrection of all bodies promised at a future time. There is even a deeper sense in which we can see this word “naked.” For as I read this passage the statement in Genesis 3:7 where Adam and Eve “realized the…

Painful Possibilities

Is it possible to experience the same human pains as Jesus and at the same time also experience the new life that he provides? The answer is found in a statement made by Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:10, “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
In the Tyndale Commentary on 2 Corinthians, Tasker comments on this by saying, “Jesus had to spend much physical strength and spiritual energy in the service of others; He was relentlessly hunted down by his political and religious opponents; He experienced sleepless nights and exhausting days with nowhere to lay His head.” The events of his daily life were, in a sense, stages of dying leading to the final stage on the cross. Paul found his life to have many similarities as we know that Paul was beaten, “rocked” to sleep, threatened by religious leaders and run out of many towns.
Here is then the painful possibilities about this similarity. In all of this exhausting physical, e…