Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
I declare—make known, somewhat reproachfully as he feels a need to say it again after they supposedly received it. Received—heard it before.
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
If ye keep—momentary adherence doesn’t count, are you really sticking with this? Believed in vain—it is possible to believe without salvation! They clearly were not holding it, which is why he has to declare it again.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
First of all—this is what Paul led with, his topmost message. I received—Paul received this message from Christ himself (Galatians 1:12). For our sins—in behalf of, on account of our sins. According to Scriptures—Scripture is the first witness of the reality of what Christ did, the prime authority.
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
Rose—hath risen, is still risen, perfect tense, His current state.
--This is the Gospel, this is what is to be believed. Not a vain belief, but an identifying belief, one with fruit in your life.
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if [since] one died for all, then were all dead:
Constraineth—hold together, arrest, exclusive, jealous of any rival, Christ’s love for us holds us. All dead—since one died on behalf of all, then all whom He died for are dead. His dying is the same as if they had all died. You were dead. Christ became dead but rose again.
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
For all—all mankind dead in trespasses and sin
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses
Unto themselves—seeking their own honor, glory, pleasure, or profit. Unto Him—seeking His honor glory and profit—righteousness and holiness. Rose again—as He shared in our death, we now share in His new resurrection life.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
After the flesh—no longer judge on race, riches, religion, wisdom, etc, not respect of persons as in James 2. Choosing who deserves to be died for.
Know we Him no more—not after the flesh, but as a new spiritual, living knowledge. Not merely for temporal advantage, but for spiritual life and progress. Judas knew Christ after the flesh, but not spiritually. Difference in disciples after seeing resurrected Christ.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Therefore—if you know the resurrected Christ, then you too are new. New—not in time, but a new kind of creature, different from anything previously existing.
Old things—old view of self, others, and of Christ are gone.