The highlight of this day’s sermon, the theme, as delivered by Mr. Christian was 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.”
As we went through the whole chapter, the preacher highlighted how the bible puts emphasis on how our current bodies will eventually die, and thus this should teach us that emphasis should not be put in fulfilling the desire of the flesh as the bible says in Galatians 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…” Those whose choice is to satisfy the needs of the flesh live further from the kingdom of God and the bible condemns them who walk by sight instead of faith. This chapter further teaches us that our focus should go beyond what we readily see and instead touch the threshold of the great riches and the glory that Christ has promised. Christ promises new godly bodies upon his return and for that, he has given the Holy Spirit as a collateral.
Verse 9 and 10 goes on to show how the imminent return of Christ also signify rewards to those who have chosen to use their earthly bodies to labor for Christ and punishments to those who have taken pride in the flesh, lived by sight instead of faith and only focused on what is seen which will eventually perish, thus never preparing for their end.
The preacher has made various remarks in between the sermon, among which was one about “how the bible is the reference and standard i.e. wrong and right cannot be reversed by our own opinions, if the bible calls it wrong, no matter how everything else might define it as right, it will forever be wrong.
Coming back to the theme, through the scriptures the preacher conveyed to the congregation a message that ‘Christ has died for many (us), and thus we should also live for him that died for us and rose again.’ In Christ, we are given new identities and we are no longer known by our past backgrounds; we are new creatures and all things have become a new.
Verse 19, 20 and 21, states the mission we are given as believer and the new creatures in Christ. God has reconciled himself the world unto himself through the death of Christ. Him who was holy and who have never sinned, was made to be sin, and was crucified in our steady so that we might be made righteous. After receiving this Grace, God calls us to be ambassadors of Christ as he gives us the ministry of reconciliation so that we may spread the good news of the gospel of Christ and reconcile more people with God.
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