“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

The term “Christ’s love” can mean either (1) Christ’s love for us or (2) our love for Christ. The last part of the verse indicates that Paul had in mind Christ’s love for us. Clearly, this is the source and motivation for Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians.

“Died for all” refers to Christ’s death for all believers. “All died” means in Christ believers die to sin. When Jesus died on the cross, as the sinless Son of God, all who ever lived or would live were connected to His death. As God in the flesh, He took the punishment for all sinners upon Himself.

The word “that” in the phrase “that those” indicates the purpose of Christ’s death for believers was that they should no longer live for themselves, but for Him.

Blessings on your day…

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