I plan on sharing my notes with you here once a week. I think it is so important for us to get in the Word; to find the promise that keeps us moving forward, to find the truth that roots our feet, and to remember that we serve (and are served by) a Father who is for us.
Within the body of SOMA, we look at Bible passages with four key questions-
Who Is God?
What Has He Done?
Who Am I?
What Is My Response?
I have found this to be such a fruitful way for me to journal and seek out the truths that are held for me within the Word. Therefore, this is how I intend to share my notes with you here.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Who is God?
Reconciler, Giver, Redeemer
What has He done?
Reconciled us to Himself, made us new, cleansed us from our sin, made us right with Him, given us purpose, brought us back to Himself, became an offering for our sin, provided atonement for my sin, traded His righteousness for my sin
Who am I?
Reconciled, made new, saved, pursued, set apart, ambassador, made right through His righteousness, accepted
What is my response?
Obedience, desire for the Spirit’s leading, step into freedom and out of bondage, live a new life, reconcile others through sharing the Gospel, encourage others through an appeal that welcomes them back to His arms in the same way that I have experienced, repent in the knowledge of the redemption that has been offered and won
These verses lay out the framework and freedom of the purpose we have been gifted with and through the good work of the gospel. This gospel, this truth and freedom, is a gift. And with that gift comes a choice to show Him your chains, knowing full well that He already sees them and desires nothing more than for you to be set free. It has the power to turn us into a people of proclaimers of the grace which we are not only so unaware of, but so desperately need. It will do this and has only been made available to us through the blood of Jesus. This not only allows us to experience the Gospel and Jesus fully, but allows us to reach out to share it with those around us, without fear of having to save anyone. To just love for Jesus will do the saving. Through this, we are given a calling to be a community that not only proclaims but embodies this truth; allowing us to become a transformed body of believers and a family wrapped in true hope with the knowledge of His strength to make it so. This is the outpouring of restored relationship with Him. We do this by holding tightly to the truth; being true to one another through the acknowledgement of His authority over us. By obeying the Gospel through living according to these truths: that God created the world, sent His son to save it through His death, ultimately, suffering in our place. Dying, only to rise from the dead and ascend to His rightful place, not leaving us alone but with His very Spirit and His power. To repent and trust in Christ for our forgiveness. And to further this in the kingdom through being ambassadors on a mission to share the truth of His plan to save us and restore us to Himself.