CHRIST DIED FOR ALL!
Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 5:13
II Corinthians 5:13 - "The Mount Everest" of the
Friends, I want to read to you today a passage from
Second Corinthians. Chapter 5, verse 13. This is one
of the most important statements in the Bible.
"Whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God; or
whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the
love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge
that if One died for all then were all dead; and that
He died for all, that they who live should not live
henceforth unto themselves, but unto Him Who died for
them and rose again. 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. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature (creation) ; old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new."
Let me outline this for you.
Beginning with verse 13 we have Paul's never-ceasing
activity, the enthusiasm of the Apostle Paul for the
things of God. He spoke the Word of God. Sometimes
people thought he was beside himself because of his
speech, enthusiasm and activity.
In verse 14a we have the secret, the motivation of
this amazing life that drove him on and on. It was the
Love of Christ!
In 14b, where did he experience it? At the cross! For
he says three different times in verse 14 and 15,
"Christ died for all."
In verse 14c he says that all people are dead. That
means, God is not charging sin to any person until
that person definitely rejects Jesus Christ as Saviour
and Lord. Any person can be saved.
In verse 15 we have the life that follows such a visit
at the cross, and that is that we are not to live unto
ourselves but unto Him Who loved us and gave Himself
In verse 16 we have Paul looking at all human beings,
not according to the flesh, but spiritually, and even
Jesus Christ spirit ...
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