TGM: Joe Lechner
Transfer from egocentrism to christocentrism.
Continuation of Paul's description.
Living w/ new eyes & a new purpose Pauls goal is to see men & women reconciled to God.
NEW EYES (16-17)
Everybody will have to give an account before God. Chrsit is NOW the center of Pauls universe. "We regard NO ONE according to the flesh." We have been given new eyes with ehich to see all. At one time people were merely people to me but now I see that people's very souls are at stake!!! PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST PEOPLE!!! We are all moving along either towards Heaven or hell. We need to see and recognize this fact. What do I see when I see people. I NEED to view people from an eternal perspective. We now regard our savior as one who is eternal. The radical transformation in how I see people now applies to how I see people; with new eyes. I am now a new creation with new eyes with which I see ALL people, or I should. HOW ARE MY EYES THIS MORNING?
NEW PURPOSE (18-21)
There is now forgiveness given to us from Christ. In all God has given us he has also given us a new ministry, purpose, & mission for our lives. He has entrusted to us the reconciliation found in Christ. I have a new calling! We have been given a new purpose for life; we are ambassadors for him. Through us Christ makes his appeal know. I am his ambassador, & represent him (a diplomatic official of the highest rank,sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary). We are called to deliver this treaty of reconciliation to other "countries." ALL OF US are his ambassador and are sent gy him, to represent him, and present a treaty. WE ARE ALL CONSIDERED MISSIONARIES. When I wake up I should exclaim,"I AM AN AMBASSADOR." This is earth is not my home but I have been sent to places w/in it to represent Christ through these situations. I should apply this idea of a new purpose to school & work as well, not just a means if education & employment. THEY ARE MISSION PLACES FOR THE GOSPEL. I have a mission field right where I am. HOW DID I GET HERE AND WHAT AM I DOING HERE? I am sent by the sovereign one as an ambassador. Live conscious of the fact that I AM AN AMBASSADOR; EVERYTHING ELSE IS SECONDARY TO THIS PURPOSE
"To reconcile is to end a relation of enmity & hostility, and to substitute for it one of peace & goodwill." Christ took the punishment reserved for us and through faith in Christ Jesus I can become the righteousness of God. Now the way to God has been opened. Our sin makes us an ememy of the God most high. It is a battle that cannot be won except by the power of Christ.
John Piper "Do people bore you?"
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