Summary: As new creations in Christ, the way we see and perceive must change as well. We have new eyes and ears spiritually and how we identify with Christ Jesus directly determines the level of our effectiveness in the Earth as His children. This also determines
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“As new creations in Christ, we are to know no man after the flesh”
By Tony Larussa
Tony’s notes & emphasis are italics. The scriptures are broken down using the Greek language to expound the text and to emphasize the richness of the context. Several translations are also used for this purpose as well. Enjoy! In light of verses 14 & 15, we are presented with a choice to properly respond in the love of Christ towards others because of what our Savior has done. This also affects how we see Christ. How we see Christ determines our ability to live as the new creation He has made us and therefore determines our authority as His ambassadors in the Earth.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (Amplified Bible) 14For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that if One died for all, then all died; 15And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake.16Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a purely human point of view in terms of natural standards of value. No, even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now we have such knowledge of Him that we know Him no longer in terms of the flesh.17Therefore if any person is engrafted in Christ the Messiah he is a new creation a new creature altogether; the old previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come! 18But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him.19It was God personally present in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against men their trespasses but canceling them, and committing to us the message of reconciliation of the restoration to favor. 20So we are Christ's ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We as Christ's personal representatives beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor now offered you and be reconciled to God.21For our sake He made Christ virtually to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of the righteousness of God what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (New American Standard Bible) 14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (King James Version) 14For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:15And 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.16Wherefore 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.17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.