In these two chapters Paul spends a lot of time encouraging the church that this life is not the end. We have a treasure in Christ and that treasure will be seen in full one day in heaven. Our earthy bodies will waste away, but our spirit will live forever. Therefore, Paul encourages the church to make the most of every opportunity. He tells them to, “…fix our eyes on what is unseen…what is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). Because this world is not the end, Paul urges for church to proclaim the Good News and help share the ministry of reconciliation.
Some of my favorite verses of the Bible are found in Chapter 5. They have been encouraging to me over the years and ones I often share with students.
“If we are out of our minds, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13
This has always been a great reminder that the world will think we are a bit crazy to follow after God. We won’t be “normal.” Whether we appear normal or a bit zealous and out of our minds – it’s all for the glory of God.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Cor. 5:17
This is the hope of the Gospel. It’s the promise of God that we can be restored to a right relationship with the Father through the Son. We no longer live in sin and shame. We are made new!
Paul goes on to finish the chapter by saying that since we have been reconciled, we ought to help others by being messengers of this reconciliation so that others can find the hope we have in Christ. I’m so thankful that these early believers did just that. Because they proclaimed the Good News, many came to faith in Christ. In fact, if they hadn’t – we wouldn’t know today. So, let’s take seriously the call to go and tell so that this generation and those to follow will know Jesus as Lord and Savior.