September 20th, 2022 – Late Tuesday Afternoon
“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.” ~2 Corinthians 5:16
The reality of the previous verses in this section of God’s Word has led Paul and Timothy (and does lead all believers) to the place of seeing beyond this world, the flesh, and the finite human mind. Instead, as the next verse (v.17 – hopefully the passage for our next devo) indicates, a new way of thinking and living is now appropriate and necessary.
The old way of thinking entailed pursuing our dreams, living for our goals, looking out for #1 (or the BIG 3 – Me, Myself, and I), fighting our way to the top, and tolerating those who aid in my purposes. It was the way of fame, status, comfort, greed, reputation, power, and passing glory; yet, that way is also the way of death on which every human being is doomed to journey on into eternity…unless they are intercepted by the God whose love is everlasting.
As we saw in the last two verses, the love of Christ is what now compels those who have been bought with His blood and adopted by the Father. Just as we are to no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf, so now we must allow Him to change our thinking and modus operandi in regards to how we view ourselves and those around us. It is not status, reputation, fame, or passing glory that we see and pursue now, but Christ the Lord; it is not to a mere Man that we owe our very souls, but to the King and Master of all that exists! How could we ever see people or ourselves as simply human beings who are doomed to live for the here and now? We are loved by Christ – our risen and ever-living God – and precious to our Father!
Brethren, let us also refuse to see and know merely on a limited, earthly level. Christ came as a human (not just human, but the perfect God-Man) – living, suffering, dying, and rising – but we have come to know Him in such a deeper way than just as flesh and bones! Let us allow Him to transform our mind and give us His perspective so that we can truly be the new creations He has redeemed us to be.