2 Corinthians 5:16-19
16 So from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Messiah according to the flesh, yet now we no longer know Him this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Messiah God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them; and He has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us.
My interesting observation is 99% of those who attend Sunday worship in 2019 live apart from this passage, for instance. It is not that my observation is necessarily interesting. Someone should call 911 for this. But it is interesting that most people do not want to address this issue. This seems to be a very serious matter. How come ministers do not seem to be addressing this 800 pound elephant in the room?
I will explain how the majority of the religious ignore this passage. But they will have to take on explaining the reason that they choose to do it this way.
Ramification: So are those lives actually under the New Covenant? Or are they simply leading a form of religious experience that is passed down from the microphone to the loudspeakers and then to those who are in attendance?
Does this actually have a bearing toward eternity?
My own take is yes, it does. Although it may not be for eternity with God. However, the Bible is giving the same warning. An un-transformed sinner will be sent apart from God for eternity. Be that a vile person, a person who has no relationship with Jesus of Nazareth or a pastor who preaches un-sound messages.
16 So from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Messiah according to the flesh, yet now we no longer know Him this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
– Paul says the person with un-crucified flesh to Christ is not “recognized”. Take for instance. I go to answer the bell and open the door to find someone that I do not recognize as a friend, an associate or a service call. What will I do? What did Eve do? Paul’s wording is stern: We recognize no one. The context of that rejection goes toward those who do not grasp the preceding verses below. A true believer is to be powered by love. She is to be propelled by love. We are to be motivated by the love of Christ to live our lives for Him.
14 For the love of Messiah compels us, since we have concluded that One died for all; as a result all died. 15 And He died for all so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
– The Messiah that we came to know is from the reading of the Gospel as He was recorded for his acts, speech, suffering and resurrection as a son of man. However, Paul points out the glorified state of Christ. The Person from within the pages of a Book now becomes to the true believer a real experience in a mutual relationship. He speaks today, we listen and we act on the command. “Yet, we no longer know Him this way” has only one interpretation.
– The new creation comes about by a renewal of the mind as a result of coming into contact with Christ. Our new conscience is we live for Christ, and no longer for ourselves as the old person used to do.
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Messiah God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them; and He has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us.
– Say two people had a fallout. After some time, they made up and were reconciled. That is what Paul was drawing from. Should they open up the root cause of what drove them apart in the first place?
– In the Bible, God tells us that it was that sinful desire that broke His Laws and we alienated ourselves from every nation from Him. The root cause is called sin. God had two ways that go hand in hand, one contingent on the other, that deal with sin.
A. The sinner shall receive Jesus to be his or her Savior in order to receive salvation.
B. With that pre-requisite having been satisfied, God sends the Holy Spirit to the reformed sinner to help him or her prepared for the wedding ceremony and get into his or her white garments for attendance.
– So if those two people fell out and then made up, it figures that the thing that drove them apart will be addressed differently in order that they will not be falling out again. Is that reasonable?
– In Bible speak, it means the man who was alienated from God but has been reconciled to Him, by the pardon obtained by the once and for all death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ, then now lives in a status of peace as opposed to enmity with God. Will that man go back to the old life?
– For Paul says God is in Christ. Therefore, how one holds a view toward Christ is counted toward how he views God. The person who disregard Christ is also disregarding God.