A New Creature

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 KJV Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. [17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
 
The important thing here in these verses is who we are in Christ. It does not matter if someone knows us from human stand point (after the flesh). The important thing is that we know Christ as Savior. Once we know Christ as Savior, we become a new creature. we become a new person made in the likeness of Christ. Salvation is not about bringing our a new, improved version of us. Salvation is about Christ being formed in us. Our goal ought to be to look more like Jesus every day and lees like the world.

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Arrested by Love

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 KJV For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: [15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
 
We are to be constrained or arrested by the love of Christ. The idea is that we are to be consumed by His love for us and the depths to which He went to show our love to the point that we are driven to love Him and show His love for others. Because He died for us and forgave our sins, we should desire to live for Him. Our life should bring honor and glory to Him. One major way we can honor Him is to live for others by sharing the Gospel with them. Let’s be arrested by His love today.

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Persuade Men

2 Corinthians 5:11 KJV 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.
 
What a joy it is to have the hope of heaven. Our life in heaven will be for all eternity. For those who are lost, it is quite another story. Those without Christ as their Savior will spend eternity in hell. This is what is referred to as the terror of the Lord. The fact that the lost will spend eternity in hell ought to motivate us to share the Gospel with them. We should do everything we can to persuade people to trust Christ as their Savior. It is not a matter of how good they are or if they are religious. The issue is do they know Christ as their Savior. The truth of hell ought to motivate us to persuade people to be saved.

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The Judgment Seat

2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
 
One of the first things we will be in heaven is stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat. Our sin will not be the issued that will be judged. Our sin was judged at the cross and we are forgiven when we trust Christ as our Savior. The issues we will face at the Judgment Seat is the things we have done in the body. This will include hoe we lived our life on the earth, the opportunities we took advantage of, and the souls we led to the Lord. We each need to take time and consider how it will go for us at the Judgment Seat.

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Accepted of Him

2 Corinthians 5:9 KJV Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
 
As we are looking forward to heaven, we must understand that we will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and give an account of what we did with the life He gave us at salvation. We should be concerned with whether or not our actions on this earth will be acceptable to Him. The issue here is not our salvation. We are eternally secure the moment we trust Christ as Savior. The issue is whether or not how we lived our life is acceptable to Him. We spend a lot of time and energy to be accepted by the world. If we should gain that acceptance, it is only temporary. The acceptance of our Lord is eternal. Let’s labor today in a way that will acceptable to Him.

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Walk By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: [7] (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) [8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
 
As we look forward to heaven, we realize that we are to walk by faith. Everything we can see with our physical eye is temporal. Our journey of faith ends in heaven. The moment death takes our life here on earth, we are instantly in heaven in the presence of the Lord. There is no greater hope in the world that the hope of heaven. Let’s not allow the temporal world that we see every day distract us from the hope we have in Christ. One day soon we will be in His presence and that is more real than anything we see on this earth.

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Looking With Hope

2 Corinthians 5:4-5 KJV For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. [5] Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
 
As we think of heaven, we begin to understand that when we go to heaven that our mortality will be changed for immortality. We will be given a glorified body. As we journey through this world, we should sense a longing for heaven. This longing comes from God, not within ourselves. The closer we walk with God the more we should desire to be with Him. We have a hope that transcends this world. let’s not become so focused on this world that we do not look forward to heaven.

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Earnest Desire

2 Corinthians 5:2-3 KJV For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: [3] If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
 
As we continue to consider heaven, we are told that we should earnestly desire to be clothed with our heavenly, glorified body. In other words, our greatest desire ought to be for heaven and the presence of our Savior. Too often, our greatest desire and focus is this world. We must realize that this world with all of its attraction is temporal. This world will one day be gone. That which will truly last and is eternal is found in heaven. Let’s focus on things above and not on things on this earth (Col. 3:1-2).

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Our Earthly Tabernacle

2 Corinthians 5:1 KJV For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
 
Today, we begin to look at a passage where we are taught how we ought to be looking forward to heaven nd not be so focused on this life on the earth. We often think what the worst thing could be that could happen to us. As we think about these things, they scared us. But the worst thing that could happen to us on this earth is death. If we are saved, death simply means that our spirit and soul has left our body, our earthly tabernacle, and has gone to heaven. In heaven, we will be given an eternal glorified body. We will learn more about this in the coming days.

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Man Has Not Heard

Isaiah 64:4 KJV For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
 
We must realize that God is so much higher than us. His thoughts and ways are higher than our, (Isaiah 55:9). One area that we know that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts is what He has prepared for us. We have some information in God’s Word of what heaven is like, but we are not given all the information. We struggle comprehending what we know. God’s has so much more prepared for us that we can ever know. This is our hope. We look forward to all that God has prepared for us. What a time that will be when we all gather in heaven.

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