Devotional Readings

2 Corinthians 5 – The Reason for God

With all the talk and book writing and reading today let us not forget this most essential teaching.

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2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.



2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.


2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


This seems to be our call as ambassadors. Let us not neglect it.


One blogger I follow has been posting a series of short quotes from..

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg.118


Love vs Doctrine?


I do not understand that mentality in the Christian Church today which says that we must all come together and sink our differences; and that what we believe does not matter.  It is a denial of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, and of the story of the twelve ignorant, untutored and unlettered men who knew whom and what they believed, and who had the power of the Spirit upon them, and who “turned the world upside-down.”  This is surely one of the central messages of the Bible.  The great concern of the New Testament Epistles is not about the size of the Church, it is about the purity of the Church.  The Apostles never said to the first Christians, “You are antagonizing people by emphasizing doctrine.  Say more about the love of God and less about the wrath of God.  They do not even like the Cross, and they cannot abide the story of the resurrection!  Drop that talk about the wrath of God and Christ’s ethical teaching!”  Not so do the Apostles speak!


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