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2 Corinthians 5 Part 2

9Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. (Amp) There is nothing that I can think of to say about this verse accept Help me too LORD. I need Your help.

 

10For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. (Amp) There is a status going around facebook right now that says: “Before you judge my life, my past, or my character… Walk in my shoes, walk the path I have traveled, live my sorrow, my doubts, my fear, my pain, and my laughter!!! Remember, “Judge not least ye be judged.” Everyone has their own story! When you’ve lived my life, then you can judge me!” Jesus has already lived for us. “So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins. For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].” (Hebrews 3:17-18 Amp) He literally knows us better than we know our own selves. “For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts.” (1 Chronicles 28:9 Amp) “And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.” (Revelation 2:23 Amp) But He is not at all fair. He, Jesus, the One Who has never done a single bad or hurtfull thing, took our punishment, ours, the ones who can’t stop destroying one another and everything around us. “For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].” (2 Corinthians 5:21 Amp)

 

 

11Therefore, being conscious of fearing the Lord with respect and reverence, we seek to win people over [to persuade them]. (Amp) I am asking LORD that You will help me do this, and that You will help me do this: “[in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].” (1 Corinthians 9:22 Amp) This verse embodies how we should tell people about Jesus Christ, not haughtily and holier than thou, for we did not win Jesus Christ, but He gave Himself freely to us, not holding back from any person or any place, but going to anyone, anywhere in Jesus’ love, for Jesus came straight to us right where we are, even out of heaven and into earth, into our minds. “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” (Philippians 2:5:8 Amp)

 

13For if we are beside ourselves [mad, as some say], it is for God and concerns Him; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit, For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died; And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake. (Amp) Yes LORD! I want to be urged and controlled and impelled by this powerfull, life changing, transfiguring love. “EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest];” (1 Corinthians 14:1 Amp) “This love” being:

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I want to be fully filled with this love so that it runs out all over everyone else LORD. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 Amp) Who is this Spirit? This Spirit is the LORD. How powerfull is He? He is so powerfull that He raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and can raise you up from the dead. “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 Amp)

 

16Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (Amp) We know Jesus in the Spirit. When a husband an wife make love, they are “knowing” each other and being one in body, mind and heart. It isn’t just a physical act, they are doing life together. “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17 Amp) We are spiritually making love with God: knowing one another and being one in mind, heart and spirit. We are doing life together. If this causes you to stumble, please disregard it, I pray that God uses it to help in the knowledge of Him.

 

And out of that love making we are born, one with God, His child. Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 Amp)

 

18But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). (Amp) “By Word and deed” And God isn’t asking us to do and say on His behalf when He Himself hasn’t already done and said all things in love for us, courting us to become His people. He gave His Word to us, His Word is Jesus Christ His dear one, His Beloved Son. And His Word did what we can never do: satisfied the wrath of God against us, and He did it in love for us. And God gives us the priviledge to hold the name of that Word in our mouth, on our tongue, to experience His feel in us and spread Him to others’ ears. “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 Amp)

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 5 part 1

4For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection]. (Amp) Not swallowed up in death, but swallowed up in life. This sounds like such a smooth transition. I’ve never thought of it this way before reading this verse. We go straitght from life into life? Jesus was swallowed up in death and now He lives so that we can be swallowed up by life in Him after we die. Do we feel death for a second, or just go straight into life? Either way, the grave is not what awaits us. We will either go to God and live with Him, or we will go to hell and live without Him. He has done everything including dying to make it possible for us to come to Him and live with Him. He loves us. “But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5 Amp) But a true lover does not rape his beloved full of himself. The choice is fully ours. God does not want robots. God wants a family. “For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]–” (Ephesians 1:5 Amp)

 

5Now He Who has fashioned us [preparing and making us fit] for this very thing is God, Who also has given us the [Holy] Spirit as a guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]. (Amp) God gave us a promise as the guarantee of His other promises. When I promise something I just say, I promise and sadly  lots of times I never get around to it. God didn’t just promise by Word, although He did that too and it is great because He never lies. In promising God literally gave us His Spirit Who is the LORD Himself as the promise; and He did this in order to guarantee the promise of giving us Jesus Christ, Who is the LORD, Who caries us to, promises us, the Father, Who is the LORD. God has fully given Himself to us. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever– The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him…” (John 14:16-17 Amp) “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Amp) “All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [ They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.]” (1 John 3:22 Amp) “Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” (John 14:23) And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:22 Amp) “Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3 Amp) This is incredible, and it is for everyone. “And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [ His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation ( that which is conducive to the soul’s safety),” (2 Peter 3:15 Amp) “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 Amp) “For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.” (Acts 2:39 Amp) And there are more promises promised by that Promise that haven’t even occurred yet, maybe that we don’t even no about yet, definitely that we don’t even fully understand yet.

 

6So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are abroad from the home with the Lord [that is promised us]. (Amp) NO matter where we go, God is there waiting for us, loving on us. “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:7-16) Okay, I was actually only planning on giving you a verse or two there, but I got kind of wrapped up in the beauty of that Psalm.

 

7For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; (Amp) Faith requires boldness of heart, and we should live boldly for God, myself included. Boldness is behavior born out of belief. Sometimes faith feels more like doubt. Sometimes it makes us want to cringe back in fear of all the questions that rise up. but what is wrong with questions? God wants us to ask, to hold out our hands to Him in faith. Look at what boldness Jesus gives us when we do. “This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He (the Father) has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord, In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).” (Ephesians 3:11-12 Amp) God has given us all of Himself. He is Imanual, God with us. Because of Jesus we can hug Him, kiss Him, talk to Him, be listened to by Him. We can call God our homeskillet if we so desire, He has given Himself fully to us.

 

8[Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord. We are pleased to leave this world; not to die, but to live! We are not looking forward to death, we are looking forward past death to life Who is Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 4

Verse 2, “We refuse to deal craftily… or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God…” I love to write, I try to do it with passion, but passion isn’t the heart of it, at least I don’t want it to be.” (Amp) I want God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit to be the very heart of me and of my writing. I don’t want to write something down because it appeals to me or sounds good in my ears and my heart, I want to have the heart of God and God is truth and love and justice. I want to write about His Word just as He means it every second. His Word is so deep and manifold, and I want to write in truth and love of it, in truth and love of Him, not spoil it by taking things out of context when they shouldn’t be or saying it means something when it doesn’t. Help me LORD to write about Your Word with Your Words. In Jesus’ name Father.

Verse 3-4: “But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost. For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.” (Amp) I literally did not understand verse 4 until I pasted it into this blog. I was thinking it was saying, God, the God, The only LORD, has blinded those who are lost from the Gospel. No. It is saying that Satan, the temporary god of this world has blinded the lost from thee Gospel. But God is stronger than Satan. Jesus says: “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” (John 6:44 Amp) This fact, that we have to be called by the Father to Jesus, doesn’t make a relationship with God less attainable, it makes it more real. He is the Parent calling the child to Himself. Salvation isn’t something that we can carelessly grab, it is something that God has done for us and is holding out to us in love. God calls us to Jesus, and Jesus brings us to His Father. This is a relationship, not a religion. One of God’s names is YAHWEH. This name means: “To Be.” It shows God’s closeness to us, His mercy and love for us. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 Amp) God wants to be with us and He is calling.

Verse 8. Speaking of the Light, I saw an interesting explanation of how God is three Persons, but still one God. If you take three flashlights and shine all three beams on the exact same spot, you have three beams, but only one light. One is the LORD, One is the LORD and one is the LORD, but not One of them is separate from the Other Two, They are all One LORD.

Verse 10: “Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.” (Amp) At first I thought that God is talking about fleshly death here. Is He talking about spiritual death instead though, or both? Is the death that we die to sin ongoing? I have heard that the Greek language shows that Jesus’ saving of us is ongoing, it doesn’t just happen, and then it’s done, He is continually here, saving and keeping us. Our life in Jesus Christ is ongoing, is our death in the world and to ourselves ongoing also? I suppose it is, it seems sometimes that I have to die every second to myself.

Verse 11: “Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that our] life [may be actively at work] in you.” (Amp) Paul was continually denying himself and his comfort for the churches so that they could grow. Even more, Jesus died for us so that He can live in us. I want to live the way Jesus did, dying so that my life, Jesus’ life, can be actively at work in others. I don’t even know a lot of what this will mean yet, but God knows, and I hope I will be fully submissive to Him, and my Hope is Jesus.

Verse 13: “Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,” (Amp) Afew weeks ago, I heard a sermon by a pastor named Craig Groschel about speaking God’s Word boldly. Boldness, is behavior born out of belief. In acts 4:20 the apostles said: “we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.” They had seen and heard Jesus Christ the LORD, “the sole expression of the glory of God the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine”. (Hebrews 3:1 Amp) They were hearing and seeing the very same Beautiful LORD Who we are hearing and seeing today, Who lives in us if we are His. He is why we speak, “Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.”. (2 Corinthians 4:14 Amp)

Verse 15: “For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.” (Amp) God is the ultimate goal, to be so deeply in love with Him that we praise Him, not thinking about us and, what about us, but about Him; living and speaking love and praise to Him constantly. He already loves us. I want this relationship with God, but I still have plenty of faith that needs to be put in Him before I get there.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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