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Righting the Scales

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The Heart for Ministry

Because he believes in coming judgment (5:10),
Paul seeks to evangelize people (5:11).
He wants the Corinthians to understand this about him so that they can know his heart and answer those who criticize him (5:12).
No matter what others say, Paul is sincerely serving God and his people (5:13).
He is controlled by Christ’s love as expressed in his death on the cross (5:14–15). He is not operating based on worldly principles, but on gospel ones.

The Heart of Ministry

Since Christ’s death has such powerful ramifications (5:15),
Paul views everything differently, including people and Christ himself (5:16).
Salvation changes a person completely (5:17).
God is the one who actually accomplishes the reconciling work, but he shares the ministry of reconciliation with people (5:18–19).
Paul therefore lives like an ambassador for Christ, appealing to others to be reconciled to God (5:20).
This appeal to be reconciled is based on the immense grace God showed in punishing Christ in the stead of sinners, so that believing sinners might receive his righteousness (5:21; see also 1 Cor 1:30; Phil 3:9).
The entire passage portrays a cross-focused lifestyle. The implications of Christ’s death leads to a life of heart-felt evangelism.
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