2 Corinthians 5:1-21
In this chapter Paul continues his defense of the ministry and answers the charges of those who oppose him. Many reasons have been offered throughout history for his reasons of defending God’s call to him. In this chapter he gives some of his motives according to the will of God. Everything Paul did he did by faith not fleshy desires. But this was not a blind faith, but a simple trust in the Word of God. Oh, how we need to learn the lesson of faith and trust in what God is attempting to do in our lives.
WE ARE RICH BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MINISTRY OF EXALTATION VERSES 1-8.
Let me explain, building Paul mentions is not the mansion Christ has been preparing for us, but he is making reference to our glorified bodies to ready us for His return. Our body is the Temple of God in which He dwells in form of the Holy Spirit. The body in which we now reside is our “tabernacle” on this earth. This “tent” is not permanent and will one day be taken down.
- The Holy Spirit gives us constant assurance of heaven.
- The Holy Spirit grants us consistent audience with the Father.
- The Holy Spirit gives us certain agreement with God.
WE HAVE THE MINISTRY OF EXPECTATION VERSES 9-13.
Paul had a healthy fear of God and that is what kept him in his “well pleasing” service to God. He sought to please Christ and be acceptable only to Him. Paul knew that one day his works would be tested by “fire” and this made him all the more conscious of the presence of God especially in his seeking to please God in his works.
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MINISTRY OF GLORIFICATION VERSES 14-17.
- We have been made His Ambassadors.
Let me take a few moments on this great privilege of being His Ambassador for God:
- An Ambassador is always chosen. Paul did not do this on his own merit, but he was chosen, and therefore he committed his life to this trust.
- An Ambassador is protected. He must be a citizen of the nation he represents, and Paul was a citizen of heaven. As with a nation, so Christ met his every need in being God’s representative.
- An Ambassador is always called home before war with the nation in which he dwells. This is a wonderful truth for us this morning: Christ will call us home before God declares war (tribulation) and He will call us home before that day comes (1Thessalonians 5:1-10). We will not be here during the tribulation period.
- He has given us the message.
- He has granted us the “love of Christ.”
Paul was so awed with Christ’s love for him that this became his controlling motive in seeking to honor and glorifies Christ.
HE HAS GIVEN US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILLIATION VERSES 17-21.
What a lesson for us today!