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Mortals and Immortals
We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Paul reminds his readers that he and his fellow laborers are representatives of Christ, conveying the Savior’s messages faithfully. In this case, the charge is urgent, as if God Himself were presenting it: Be in accord with God.
In Jewish tradition, sacrifices were made to atone for sin, redeem the heart, and reconcile oneself to God. For Christians, reconciliation came through the supreme sacrifice of Christ Jesus—and followers were to embrace it as a present reality.
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1997; Hastings, James, Frederick C. Grant, and H. H. Rowley. Dictionary of the Bible. New York: Scribner, 1963.
Cit. 2: Hill, Andrew E. Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Baker Publishing Group, 2012.
Cit. 4: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.
Cit. 5: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at studylight.org/commentaries.
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