2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2
Paul’s ministry was not motivated simply by fear of judgment but rather by the Love of God in Christ. Jesus’ death on the cross on our behalf does not mean that we don’t obey his teachings anymore. We are following Jesus all the way to the cross which means his substitutionary death does not let us of the hook from obeying and living according to his teachings and example. The implications of Christ’ love for Paul in addition to the personal sufferings that he had incurred in his ministry in Asia Minor and now in Corinth is that the new world has come and it looks completely different from the old one. In this new world made possible by Christ’s love;
· We no longer judge anyone from the old world’s point of view because if anyone is in Christ, behold a new creation, the old has passed away (v. 17). The person in question has been reconciled to God.
· This reconciliation comes from God: “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18-19). The reconciliation is from God to God. Something new already took place hence something new ought to happen as a result.
· Paul’s ministry and ours is that of ambassadorship for Christ through whom God makes his appeal “so we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us” (5:20). Paul and you and I are agents of God’s reconciliation.
· This is possible because God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we may become the righteousness of God .v(21) All our sins and shortcomings have been dealt with at the cross therefore we are called to ministers of reconciliation.
· Since the Corinthians and us accepted this grace, we should not let it go to waste instead we should make the most of it. The new creation is already here and God is saying ‘see now is the day of salvation’ go and do something about this new reality that you have experienced and embody it in your life and ministry (6:2).