2 Corinthians 5
September 29, 2021Day 272
Right now, while we're still in “jars of clay,” we're waiting, longing so much for Jesus to come, the world to be made new, and our bodies to be changed into the glorious, immortal ones God has promised. In the meantime, we're charged with a “ministry of reconciliation,” sharing the work God in Christ did on the cross and does in every heart. Isn't it amazing? “The new creation,” Paul says, “is already here!” We can “become the righteousness of God”! That's impossible—except with God, for Whom all things are possible.
2 Corinthians 4
September 28, 2021Day 271
In this chapter, it looks as if Paul is seeking to reassure himself, too. He has been through some very hard times of criticism and oppression. Have you ever noticed that when you're feeling down or bad, if you talk to someone else both about your troubles and about Jesus, it makes you both feel better? Look at the list of troubles in verses 7 through 12, then look at the positive affirmations Paul gets even from that list. Can you do that when you are in trouble? Isn't it a nice image, the light of the Holy Spirit shining through the cracks in our broken “jars of clay”?
2 Corinthians 3
September 27, 2021Day 270
Once again, Paul looks to history. He reminds the people that when Moses had spoken with God, his face glowed, and the people were afraid to look at him. Paul says that the new covenant, sealed in Jesus' blood, is even more glorious, but that they shouldn't veil their faces from it. He reminds them of the freedom that is only to be found in Jesus. Do you think he is seeking to reassure them, after the last letter of rebuke?