Verse by Verse Study of 2 Corinthians 5 – Sermon Part 2
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord —
· We can always have courage because of God’s ultimate plan that He has for us and as he just mentioned, He has given us the Spirit as a pledge that He will fulfill it all.
· We cannot be with the Lord as long as we are attached to this body of flesh
· Phil 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight —
· When someone becomes a Christian, from that moment on God will always be with him, but though He is with us, we are not yet with Him.
· One day we will see Him and walk by sight, but that is not now the case. Our present walk must be by faith in His promises.
· Between Verses 6 and 8 and our desire to leave this world and be at home with the Lord is the reality of V 7. The way we can please Him while we remain separated from Him is to live this present life by faith.
· To walk by faith is one of His highest requirements for us. In Heb 11, His “Hall of Fame” of Faith, God says in verse 6 that it is impossible for us to please Him without faith.
8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
· It’s because of these facts we are of good courage. Yes, we have problems in this life, and lots of them, BUT we have a glorious, secure and eternal future awaiting us with our loving Father! What in the world is there to be discouraged about?
· This is the corresponding truth to V 6. Death ushers us into the Lord’s presence
· When studying many passages, you get to the end and then ask yourself, “how does God want me to apply what I’ve learned?” This passage tells us what to strive for and why.
9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
· One day, we will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and since pleasing the Lord is the ultimate goal, our highest calling and ambition, what actions or attitudes can we adopt from this passage that will be pleasing to the Lord. This is the Bema judgment at which only believers will appear. The “good or bad” referred to is not good and bad in the sense of righteous and wicked, but good and bad in the sense of profitable and worthless as is shown in 1 Cor 3:12-14 where each man’s works will be tested by fire to reveal whether they are gold, silver and precious stones or merely wood, hay, and straw.
· We know from other passages some general qualities that He wants us to have – faithful, obedient, loving and humble, but what specific applications can we make from this passage?
In Conclusion, I want to show you three objects.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Realize that life is short. Make decisions and use your time accordingly! Here are some ideas for some spiritual goals for the coming year.
· Memorizing a verse or two a week
· Develop an active prayer list and spending a certain amount of time in prayer daily
· Have a daily Quiet Time
· Attend or start a weekly Bible study
· Sharing the gospel at once a week
· Regular hospital visitation sharing from Scripture each time
· Begin having regular family devotions
· Reading through the Bible in 2009.
John 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. This verse is crying out for service and opportunities abound. What can you do to serve at home, at work, in the church, with missions, the poor, in your neighborhood, or with the sick. Here are some specific ideas.
· Make meals for those who have a need
· Increase your giving
· Teach a Sunday School class or be an Royal Ambassador leader
· Pray for and write letters to missionaries
· Participate faithfully in GROW.
· Clean someone’s house who is ill
· Do some repairs or yard work for the elderly
· Run some errands for someone who can’t get out
· Buy groceries for a needy family
Paul wanted to use every opportunity to please the Lord, even his death!
Phil 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Death is a great opportunity to be a witness for the Lord! You can use your death as a pulpit to share with perhaps an even greater impact than when you were alive!
Here are some possible applications that you can make.
· Share the gospel or anything else you want clearly said in your will that for whatever reason may not have been able to be shared earlier. You can be very personal addressing individuals by name.
Let me read you a paragraph from my Mom’s will. “I love each of you mentioned in this document very much and leave you the advice that you come to know the Lord in a personal way in order to attain the peace that I have found in my life. He loves you very much and has the answer to your every need.”