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The Right Motivation      2 Cor.5:9-6:2     April 18:2010


       In verse 14 the translation I like best says, “the Love of Christ leaves me no choice.” To me that means Christ love for me and my love for him stops a discussion as to whether I witness or not. I must tell others.


1.   Motivated By The . . Concern Related To The Christian Judgement. 2 Cor. 5:9-11a

       A.   The . . Foundation Of This Concern. 5:9

       9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.


       B.   The . . Faithfulness Of This Concern. 5:10

       10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things

       done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Ryrie Study Bible 

5:10 the judgment seat of Christ. The bema (judgment seat) was well known to the Corinthians (see Acts 18:12). Believers will be judged in a review of their works for the purpose of rewards. See note on 1 Cor 3:14. bad = worthless.


2.   Motivated By The . . Constraint Related To The Christian Judgement. 2 Cor. 5:9-11a A.The . .Surety Of This Constraint. 5:11

       11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also

       trust are well known in your consciences.


       Verse 11

a [terror] Greek: phobos (NT:5401). Translated fear 39 times and terror (2 Cor 5:11; Rom 13:3; 1 Peter 3:14). In view of this we persuade people to turn to God. We do not preach ourselves neither are we "beside ourselves" as some say. If we are it is for God, and if we are sober it is for your good.

(Life Application Study Bible )

5:11 Having a "fearful responsibility to the Lord" does not mean that believers become paralyzed. On the contrary, knowing God's perfection and that he will judge everyone's actions (5:10) should spur Christians to good deeds, to what pleases our God. The fear of the Lord also frees believers from all of life's anxieties and worries. Knowing that God is "for us" (Rom 8:31) can keep believers unafraid of earthly powers—people, governments, or the forces of nature (Prov 3:25,26). God takes care of his own. The fear of God gives us uncommon courage in the face of life's troubles.


       B.   The . . Sanity Of This Constraint. 5:12-13

       12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that

       you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.

       13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.



       C.   The . . Sacrifice Of Our Constraint. 5:15-17

       14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

       15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for

       them and rose again.

       16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ

       according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

       17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things

       have become new.


5:14 For the love of Christ controls us. Christ's love for us (and possibly it may also mean our love for Christ) controls us; i.e., keeps us within bounds. therefore all died. Believers are regarded by God as having died in Christ so that they may be able to live to please Him (Rom 6:8).

Dake             Ten Personal Gospel Blessings (2 Cor 5:17)

1.    It brings one into Christ (2 Cor 5:17). See doctrine of interpenetration (Luke 22:3).

2.    One is a new creature (2 Cor 5:17).

3.    Old things are passed away (2 Cor 5:17). The Greek word for "old" is archaios (NT:744),

       ancient, original, old. Such things are no more in one.

4.    All things are new (2 Cor 5:17). The life is just the opposite of the old life.

5.    All things are of God (2 Cor 5:18). The true Christian does not permit anything in his life which

       is ungodly and unChristlike (Rom 6:14-23; 8:1-13; Gal 5:16-26).

6.    One is reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:18; Rom 5:10; Eph 2:14-18; Col 1:20-21).

7.    He has part in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-20; 1:18-24).

8.    He has been trusted with the Word of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:19; Mark 16:15-20).

9.    He is an ambassador of God in Christ's stead (2 Cor 5:20; Prov 13:17).

10.  He is the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21; Rom 3:21-31; 8:4).

(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)

(Life Application Study Bible )

5:17 Christians are brand-new people on the inside. The Holy Spirit gives them new life, and they are not the same anymore. We are not reformed, rehabilitated, or reeducated—we are re-created (new creations), living in vital union with Christ (Col 2:6,7). At conversion we do not merely turn over a new leaf; we begin a new life under a new Master.

While this newness is true individually, Paul is saying much more. Not only are believers changed from within, but a whole new order of creative energy began with Christ. There is a new covenant, a new perspective, a new body, a new church. All of creation is being renewed. So take notice. This is not a superficial change that will be quickly superseded by another novelty. This is an entirely new order of all creation under Christ's authority. It requires a new way of looking at all people and all of creation. Does your life reflect this new perspective?


5:17 a new creature. Lit., a new creation. old things passed away (aorist tense indicating the decisive change salvation brings); behold, new things have come (perfect tense indicating abiding results of the new life in Christ.) The grace of God not only justifies but also makes a new creation, which results in a changed style of life (v. 15).

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3.   Motivated By The . . Commission Of The Judgement Of Christians. 2 Cor. 5:18-21

       A.   The . . Responsibility Of This Commission.. 5:18-19

       18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the

       ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing

       their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.


       B.   The . . Request Of This Commission.. 5:20

       20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on

       Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.


       C.   The . . Result Of This Commission.. 5:21

       21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in

       Him. NKJV

(Life Application Study Bible )

5:20 An ambassador is an official representative of one country to another. As believers, we are Christ's ambassadors, sent with his message of reconciliation to the world. An ambassador of reconciliation has an important responsibility. We dare not take this responsibility lightly. How well are you fulfilling your commission as Christ's ambassador?

5:21 When we trust in Christ, we make an exchange: He takes our sin and makes us right with God. Our sin was laid on Christ at his crucifixion. His righteousness is given to us at our conversion. This is what Christians mean by Christ's atonement for sin. In the world, bartering works only when two people exchange goods of relatively equal value. But God offers to trade his righteousness for our sin—something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless. How grateful we should be for his kindness to us.

(Life Application Study Bible )


5:18 reconciliation involves a changed relationship because our trespasses are not counted against us (v. 19). We are now to announce to others this message of God's grace.

5:19 reconciling the world to Himself. The death of Christ "changed" (the meaning of "reconcile") the position of all people (not only the elect) from being enemies (Rom 5:10) to being savable (though actual salvation does not come until one believes, v. 20).

5:21 Here is the heart of the gospel: The sinless Savior has taken our sins that we might have God's righteousness.

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