Summary: 8 of ? Paul clarified the significance of being a new creation in Christ to the Corinthian church. But what is significant about being a new creation in Christ? A new creation is significant in its New...
The SIGNIFICANCE Of A NEW CREATION-VIII—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10
My nephew called the other day with news that he had bought a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SSX—his ‘dream car.’ He had a much older & cheaper Camaro that had a smaller engine & wasn’t very beefy for a Camaro.
His new one is a Six-speed manual shift.
It’s 6.2L. 400+Cu. In., reaching ?? hp.!
It has Cruise Control!
Radio that works!
It has a 2nd gear that works!
It doesn’t constantly leak coolant!
He isn’t afraid to drive the 3 hrs. home anymore!
My nephew needed a New Creation to replace his previous incapabilities.
A true Christian receives a new nature.
The key to our verses is 2Cor. 5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Paul clarified the significance of being a new creation in Christ to the Corinthian church.
There is significance to being a new creation in Christ.
But what is significant about being a new creation in Christ?
10+ significations/signifiers of being a new creation in Christ.
Previously we have found that A new creation is significant in its New...
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5:20—“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
As a result of the apostolic acceptance of that actual “reconciliation” wrought by God’s love in “Christ,” these newly gained “are” “now” themselves new creatures & “are” thus become “ambassadors” for “Christ” Himself. These are equipped for a new/different purpose...Ambassadorship!
It is in that manner(“as though”) of “ambassadors” that God is “pleading”/exhorting/inviting the world, the church, & the Corinthians. We are not only God’s ambassadors but it is “as though” God Himself were doing the “pleading”!
The Corinthian’s personal minister/“ambassadors”(“we”) are begging(“implore”) the church “to be reconciled to God.” Their “imploring” arises on “behalf” of “Christ.” Because “Christ” has given Himself to our redemption, we thus are compelled to “implore” others to His “reconciliation.”
Jn. 14:1—“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
“Now then/For...therefore”(See :16, 18)—oun—Particle—1) Then, therefore, accordingly, consequently, these things being so. Strong—apparently a primary word; adverbially--Certainly, or conjunctionally--Accordingly.
“Ambassadors”—presbeuw—Present Active Indicative—1) To be older, prior by birth or in age; 2) To be an ambassador, act as an ambassador. Strong—from the base of presbuterov; To be a senior, i.e. by implication--Act as a representative(figuratively--Preacher). Used 2X.
“For”(See “On...Behalf”)—uper—1) In behalf of, for the sake of; 2) Over, beyond, more than; 3) More, beyond, over. Strong—a primary preposition; "over", i.e. (with the genitive case)of place--Above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case--Superior to, more than.
“As though”—wv—Adverb—1) As, like, even as, etc. Strong—Which how, i.e. In that manner(very variously used).
“Pleading/Beseech/Entreating/Making...Appeal”—parakalew—Present Active Participle—1) To call to one's side, call for, summon; 2) To address, speak to(call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.—2a) To admonish, exhort, 2b) To beg, entreat, beseech—2b1) To strive to appease by entreaty, 2c) To console, to encourage & strengthen by consolation, to comfort—2c1) To receive consolation, be comforted, 2d) To encourage, strengthen, 2e) Exhorting & comforting & encouraging, 2f) To instruct, teach. Strong—To call near, i.e. Invite, invoke(by imploration, hortation or consolation).
“Through”(See :18)—dia—Prep.—1) Through—With, In, By the means of; The ground or reason by which something is or is not done—On account of, Because of for this reason, On this account. Strong—a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; Through(in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional).
“Implore/Pray”—deomai—Present Middle/Passive Deponent Indicative—1) To want, lack; 2) To desire, long for; 3) To ask, beg—3a) The thing asked for, 3b) To pray, make supplications. Deomai is the asking of the need. Strong—middle voice of dew[To bind]; To beg(as binding oneself), i.e. Petition.
“On...Behalf”(See “For”; :21)—uper—1) In behalf of, for the sake of; 2) Over, beyond, more than; 3) More, beyond, over. Strong—a primary preposition; "over", i.e. (with the genitive case)of place--Above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case--Superior to, more than.
“Reconciled”(See :18, 19)—katallassw—2nd Aorist Passive Imperative—1) To change, exchange, as coins for others of equivalent value—1a) To reconcile(those who are at variance), 1b) Return to favor with, be reconciled to one, 1c) To receive one into favor. Strong—To change mutually, i.e. figuratively--To compound a difference. Used 6X.
From—kata—Preposition—1) Down from, through out; 2) According to, toward, along. Strong—a primary particle; (prepositionally--Down(in place or time), in varied relations(according to the case [genitive case, dative case or accusative case] with which it is joined).—&—allassw—Verb—To make different.