2 Cor. 5 – Out with the old, in with the new

2 Corinthians 5

New International Version (NIV)

Awaiting the New Body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Passages taken from BibleGateway.com


About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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9 Responses to 2 Cor. 5 – Out with the old, in with the new

  1. Thanks Anne, on this day I needed that. It has been my hardest day of pain ever, and I’ve been holding on to the Lord’s hand tightly to get through it! This was a blessed way to be reminded of the hope in Heaven, and that the Lord will get us through these hard times.

    • Anne Sikes says:

      I’m so sorry you’ve been in so much pain. Will keep you in my prayers. ((((HUGS)))) and blessings! –Anne

      • Thank you for the prayers…but its okay because the good that came out of it is that my husband finally realized how bad fibromyalgia can be, and how crippling. It was a wakeup call for him, and his first real view of the invisible disease of fibro. So I’m actually thanking God for opening his eyes. It will be a great less stressful now that he knows that it is indeed real. So even in this God is glorified, for giving us a new understanding that will help in getting through this.

        • Anne Sikes says:

          I have fibromyalgia too. Was diagnosed in the early 90’s, before there was all the awareness of it that there is now, and I know about people not understanding. I rarely have the pain anymore, but sometimes do, and it’s horrible. But I’m thankful that I don’t have it as often as I used to…at least for the time being. I know now they have medications people take for it, and some people even draw disability because of it. I never did, but then during the years I was affected the most I don’t even think it was available. I still have pain with it pretty much all the time, but not noticeable unless someone touches me, most of the time. You know how it is when someone just touches your back when you have it, and you don’t even realize how much pain is in there. 🙂 The real crippling days don’t happen very often anymore, like I said though…and I hope that’s permanent! I don’t want it back like before!! So I feel for you deeply, my dear.

  2. Anne, it may be that you don’t feel as much pain because you are already taking one of the meds they use for it for something else. I know many of the meds are the same they use for depression, ADD, ADHD, which are used in fibro to help calm the nerves that are over active. Oh I know how someone touching you can be. It’s one of the things that spouses of fibro patients have a hard time with…not understanding that it isn’t them, it’s how the simplest touch feels like knives on your skin. I’m a hugging kind of person, and with this it is something I’ve had to pull back on because of how much it hurts when my skin is touched. I know some people with fibro who literally have to prepare themselves for a hug to be able to hug the people they care about. I just try to grin and bear the pain. With my family I try to do other things to show my love, like having them lay their head on my lap while I rubbed their back or massage their scalp. Problem is when I am spending time with one, rubbing on their back, suddenly everyone wants their turn. It can become a good hour to three hour thing, as they each get 15 minutes of mom’s time (depending on whose home at the time) We will watch a show they want, and just talk or they will fall asleep on my lap…lol. Ever tried to get up while a 25 year old daughter sleeps with her head on your lap…lol?! But just simply doing this and other things to show that I love them, but controlling where they touch to avoid pain helps some. One day I was hurting and my husband made the mistake of asking where…lol. I said it would be easier to tell him where it didn’t hurt…the numb big toe on my left foot…lol. That is the way you have to get through it…laughter and Jesus. Yesterday when the pain was bad, although my eyes were in tears, my heart and mind were laughing at how slow and halted I was walking, because the image of the old tortoise racing the hare popped into my mind. I was actually making fun of the way I walked…lol. Thought about getting my sketch pad out and draw an old grandma turtle with a cane, and making it my new profile pic on facebook…lol. Even in adversity, if we can’t laugh at ourselves, find the bits of joy or humor, then it will be harder to make it through the trial. I thank God that he has blessed me with the ability to laugh at myself. I think that is also what draws me to certain bloggers more, like you, and Bird, who I see dealing with their lives the same way, through their love of Jesus and ability to look at themselves with a sense of humor.

    • Anne Sikes says:

      I remember that pain…all over like you say. 🙂 And I still do have it on occasion. But the only meds I take now are for my blood pressure, so it’s not that. I may be in some sort of remission though…because it was as bad as you describe for years. When I first started having the pain, we were living in a house with stairs and I could barely walk up and down them…had to hold onto the rails. I thought I was getting arthritis or something. I’d sit down and my feet would feel like balls of fire. And then there would be days where I didn’t hurt so much and it was absolutely the best feeling on those days to be free of the pain…I’d be practically dancing around. When I was diagnosed with it, I went to a specialist and they ran all sorts of tests to rule out arthritis and lupus and things, and diagnosed the fibro…I’d never even heard of it. But there was no medication that helped at that time. Pain relievers did nothing, as I’m sure you know. And yes, it’s excruciating to the point of tears. You’re right though…we have to have laughter and to know through it that God is with us…but it’s very hard when people we love don’t understand or believe it too. But He understands. 🙂

  3. terry1954 says:

    you always say it so well Anne

    • Anne Sikes says:

      If I do, I’m thankful, Terry. Much of the time I have no idea what I’m saying, how to express it, or how it’s coming out. Thank you. ❤

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