I’m in a study of 2 Corinthians. I pondered long on chapter five as I realized the rich treasures I could glean from just these 21 verses. They answer most of the major questions in life. I offer them in Q & A format.
What happens to us after we die?
- We will have new eternal bodies in heaven, made for us by God himself. (verse 1)
- We will be at home with the Lord. (8)
- All Christians will be rewarded for the good or bad done while on earth. (10)
Why were we created?
- God fashioned us to enjoy eternal life with him. (1, 4–5)
What did Jesus do for us?
- He died for us all. (14)
- He made us a new creation. (17)
- He restored us to God, not counting our sin against us. (19)
- Even though he was sinless, he took our sin, and in exchange gave us God’s righteousness (21)
What is our mission in life?
- God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him (18)
- We are Christ’s ambassadors. We urge others, as though Christ were here pleading with them, to receive the love he offers. (20)
What is our goal?
- Our goal is to please God in everything we do, whether we are here on earth or with him in heaven (9)
How do we live?
- We live by faith, not by sight. (7)
- We die to the old life we used to live. (14)
- We live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ who died and rose again for us. (15)
- We don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. (16)
What is our motivation?
- Whatever we do, we don’t do for our own profit, but rather because Christ’s love controls us. (13-14)
How do we know all this?
- God has given us his Holy Spirit as a guarantee. (5:5)
- We know these things are true by believing, not by seeing. (5:7)
Thank you, Jesus, for making me a new creation and restoring me to God. Help me to grasp what that really means for my day-to-day life. My mission feels daunting yet I desire to live by faith, so help me walk with the Spirit and please you in all that I do. I want to be so transformed by Christ’s love that love becomes my compelling force, my why behind all I do, and the way that I view those around me. Teach me to live “now” with a “then” lens, always keeping my heavenly home in my sight.
For more on what happens after we die, I recommend an article, A Body, No Body, New Body, written by my pastor-friend, Craig Miller.