Sermons on 2 Corinthians
God’s pattern of redemption — God reconciling the world to Himself — is not a pattern of might and power. Just as Christ suffered shame and reproach on the cross, we are to identify with Him in suffering as we are sent as ambassadors of reconciliation. We should fix our eyes on what is unseen and eternal, view others as having intrinsic value, and give our resources sacrificially, so that God’s glory may increase and that others may find the hope of eternal life.
What biblical realities motivate us to see the worthiness of witnessing? Sharing the Gospel matters for the sake of God’s glory. 2 Corinthians 5:11 calls us to lovingly warn and persuade others because of the grim reality of hell, the glorious guarantee of heaven, and the call of our God who is infinitely worthy of praise.
Paul was a zealous man, first trying to destroy the spread of Christianity, later serving Christ with an equal amount of zeal. His life changed after a personal encounter withe the living Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul reminds the Corinthians that when we embrace the truth that Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins, our old life dies. We are to now zealously live not for ourselves, but for our Redeemer. The love of Christ compels us to serve him with all that we are.