“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 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.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Paul had faced suffering, trials, and distress as he preached the Good News. But he knew that they would one day be over, and he would obtain God’s rest and rewards. As we face great troubles, it’s easy to focus on the pain rather than on our ultimate goal. Just as athletes concentrate on the finish line and ignore their discomfort, we, too, must focus on the reward of our faith and the joy that lasts forever. No matter what happens to us in this life, we have the assurance of eternal life, when all suffering will end, and all sorrow will flee away (Isaiah 35:10).(Tyndale Study Bible)
I have read this scripture a thousand times. Struggling to understand, remembering that we are warned not to take scripture out of context. Two things stand out to me – “Christ’s love compels us.” and ” that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them.” Paul is speaking to the Corinthians and speaking to us. In short what he is saying is we should live for Jesus, in fact, we are compelled to do that. The reference to, “and therefore, all died.” means we died to our old life. So back to in context, read the next two verses.
“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.”
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 NLT
Well, the lights just came on for me. Do you see it? I struggled with the writing because I focused on the wrong part – “all died.” The key parts are.
• Christ’s love compels us
• no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them
• anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person
• gift from God
• And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him
Wow, do you see how God speaks to us? Is it not amazing?
Read the commentary again. Just as it is for Paul, it is for us. We are compelled by the love of Christ to spread the good news of the Gospel. So don’t let the trials of life get in the way of us fulfilling our mandate.
” Lord I thank You for a great message. Amen.”