Devotions For January 8, 2016

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16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.


Q: How is someone a “new creation”? What does this mean according to Paul?

Q: If you belong to Jesus, the Bible promises you are a new creation and God’s righteousness because of Jesus. Is this truth the foundation of your heart yet?

Q: Paul ends this section with a mission for you: bring the message of reconciliation to God to others. In Acts 4, Peter also said “there is salvation in no one else” other than Jesus. Who needs to hear this message?



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