2 Corinthians 5* The apostle's hope and desire of heavenly glory. (1-8) Thisexcited to diligence. The reasons of his being affected withzeal for the Corinthians. (9-15) The necessity of regeneration,and of reconciliation with God through Christ. (16-21)1-8 The believer not only is well assured by faith that thereis another and a happy life after this is ended, but he has goodhope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, aresting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father's house there aremany mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness ofthe future state is what God has prepared for those that lovehim: everlasting habitations, not like the earthly tabernacles,the poor cottages of clay, in which our souls now dwell; thatare mouldering and decaying, whose foundations are in the dust.The body of flesh is a heavy burden, the calamities of life area heavy load. But believers groan, being burdened with a body ofsin, and because of the many corruptions remaining and ragingwithin them. Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, andall the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles herebelow. But believing souls shall be clothed with garments ofpraise, with robes of righteousness and glory. The presentgraces and comforts of the Spirit are earnests of everlastinggrace and comfort. And though God is with us here, by hisSpirit, and in his ordinances, yet we are not with him as wehope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the otherworld. It is our duty, and it will be our interest, to walk byfaith, till we live by sight. This shows clearly the happinessto be enjoyed by the souls of believers when absent from thebody, and where Jesus makes known his glorious presence. We arerelated to the body and to the Lord; each claims a part in us.But how much more powerfully the Lord pleads for having the soulof the believer closely united with himself! Thou art one of thesouls I have loved and chosen; one of those given to me. What isdeath, as an object of fear, compared with being absent from theLord! 9-15 The apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty.Well-grounded hopes of heaven will not encourage sloth andsinful security. Let all consider the judgment to come, which iscalled, The terror of the Lord. Knowing what terrible vengeancethe Lord would execute upon the workers of iniquity, the apostleand his brethren used every argument and persuasion, to lead mento believe in the Lord Jesus, and to act as his disciples. Theirzeal and diligence were for the glory of God and the good of thechurch. Christ's love to us will have a like effect upon us, ifduly considered and rightly judged. All were lost and undone,dead and ruined, slaves to sin, having no power to deliverthemselves, and must have remained thus miserable for ever, ifChrist had not died. We should not make ourselves, but Christ,the end of our living and actions. A Christian's life should bedevoted to Christ. Alas, how many show the worthlessness oftheir professed faith and love, by living to themselves and tothe world! 16-21 The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules,with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew;his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him.He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto goodworks. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his characterand conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outwardreformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviourthat he should desire him, now loves him above all things. Theheart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, andGod is justly offended with him. Yet there may bereconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself byJesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures werewritten, which are the word of reconciliation; showing thatpeace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interestedtherein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by thepeace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, andaccept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was madeSin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin.The end and design of all this was, that we might be made therighteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by thegrace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave hisbeloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they mightbe made the righteousness of God in him?
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