Absolute Value, 2 Corinthians 5: 16-19
This passage from 2 Corinthians is one of the most clear and simple statements of the good news of the gospel in all of Scripture. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! … in Christ, God was reconciling the world to God’s self, not counting their trespasses against them.” I find it truly ironic, if not tragic that too often this simple and clear message gets overlaid and encumbered with “baggage” that makes it difficult to hear it as good news any more. “Ifs” – contingencies — get added to Paul’s simple message, but those “ifs” end up being more about fitting into the narrow box of what it takes to be acceptable to certain people, than about what it takes to be acceptable to God. The message of God’s radical grace is perhaps the hardest thing for us to believe, because we’re wired to think transactionally – that anything of great value must come at a great cost. What if we stop thinking of this in a transactional way? Come join us, or log on, to find out more.