2 Corinthians 5 Outline
– Paul compare our earthly body with the heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)
– Don’t see things in the way of the world (2 Corinthians 5:11-15)
– Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we can be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
2 Corinthians 5 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, Paul describes our body as earthly house. He compares the suffering of our earthly body with the eternal glory. God is building a home for every one of his follower in heaven (John 14:2). The redeemed will be clothed in a white gown in heaven. We groan when we are under persecution because we longed for the life in heaven, where there will be no more tears and sorrow (Revelation 21:4). The Holy Spirit lives in us and it serves as a guarantee of our salvation. The Holy Spirit is our advocator and comforter. He helps us in all our problems and remind us about God’s words.
In 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). One day, everyone on this earth will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged according to what they have done on the earth. Our actions and motives will be judged by God. Christians must do everything out of a pure motive. Everything you do must give glory to God If you do good things but without a good motive, you have sinned.
In 2 Corinthians 5:11-15, Paul is rebuking the Corinthians for being ashamed of their sufferings as a result of the persecution from the enemies. Paul is not concerned about how he appear to other people but he is most concerned about what is in the heart. Nowadays, there are many ministers that place emphasis on outward appearance such as wealth, reputation and etc. In Jeremiah 17:10, I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. We should not pursue after the material things of this world but seek God’s will and walk in the plan he had prepared for us so that we can give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
In 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Christians must not see things from a worldly viewpoint. We should not look down on people because of their outward appearance based on the standards of the world. Anyone that has truly accepted Christ will have a testimony of their changed life. Your life will surely change if you have truly become a born again Christian. Jesus Christ came down to the earth and died for the sins of the people of the world. He is blameless and without sin yet he bore our sin on the cross so that we can receive the forgiveness of our sins and be reconciled to God.