2 Corinthians 5:11-15
“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.”
“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
God has made himself plain to everyone. His word is not veiled or cloaked with academic words or concepts. He makes his truth plain to anyone who reads the scriptures and believes them and embraces the one they show clearly. To know God is to understand him and how his mind works. He reveals this to all who seek him with a true heart, emptied of all self and self-seeking.
Paul speaks to God’s people, though not looking for recognition or acclaim, but that they might support him and take pride in what God is doing through him. Not that Paul is concerned about how he is coming across, but is encouraging the Christians to look at the inner workings of the heart, that only God can move. He is declaring his work and words as motivations from his Lord Christ.
Unkind and judgemental Christians are labelling Paul as a “lunatic.” Paul is happy to be thought of in that way, because what he does is for the sake of God. Paul is so in tune with God’s ways that he seems “mentally ill” to many Christians. Paul does not regret this. He will be a “sane” person if it helps them to understand. Paul has to reign in all his thought, feelings and motivations, so that he can minister to others. His inner life is full up with rejoicing, prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
He is compelled by the love of Christ. As Christ died for all his people and the ungodly, all have therefore died. Those who have died with Christ, are now made eternally alive in Him.
This death means a total death to ourselves and a totally living to Christ. Seeking the daily filling of the Spirit, in order to live for God and to God.
Am I level-headed to this world, or regarded as strange, too different…? Rejoice, as you look to Jesus only and walk his narrow way- proclaiming the kingdom come… He will make himself known to you, and you will rejoice in an inner life or joy, peace, love- the Holy Spirit will be yours and you His…