2 Corinthians 5



2 Corinthians 5 focuses on the Christian's hope for resurrection and the ministry of reconciliation. Paul emphasizes the transformation brought about by Christ, urging believers to live with the awareness of their eternal citizenship and to actively participate in the ministry of bringing others into reconciliation with God through the message of Christ.


  1. The Hope of Resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:1-10): Paul speaks of the believer's hope for a heavenly dwelling, an eternal body that God has prepared. He expresses a longing to be with the Lord and emphasizes the confidence that believers have, knowing that while they are at home in the body, they are away from the Lord. The ultimate goal is to be pleasing to the Lord, whether in the body or away from it.

  2. The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21): Paul underscores the urgency of his ministry, driven by the fear of the Lord and the love of Christ. He describes the ministry of reconciliation, where God reconciles humanity to Himself through Christ. Believers are ambassadors for Christ, and God makes His appeal through them, urging others to be reconciled to God.

  3. The Righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21): Paul encapsulates the essence of the Gospel by stating that God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf so that in Him, believers might become the righteousness of God.