Text: 2 Corinthians 5.21
This one brief sentence, only fifteen words in the Greek text, resolves the dilemma of reconciliation. This sentence reveals the essence of the atonement, expresses the heart of the gospel message, and articulates the most glorious truth in Scripture—how fallen man’s
sin-[damaged] relationship to God can be restored. John MacArthur, Jr., 2 Corinthians, p.211.
It’s one of the most powerful verses in the Bible: 2 Corinthians 5.21 clearly and succinctly describes how a perfect, holy God is reconciled to imperfect, sinful humans. It shows how those who deserve no mercy receive it, how we receive God’s grace, and how the demands of both justice and love are met.
In this one verse we see the benefactor (God), the substitute (Jesus), the beneficiaries (us), and the benefit (righteousness).
Today, as you welcome God into your day, allow yourself to be overwhelmed by all this verse teaches by listening to “Jesus In My Place” by Summit Worship. Then reread this powerful verse and insert your name for the words “us” and “we” as you thank God for his great salvation.