2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
“from now on“ looks back to the supernatural transformation in Paul’s life when he believed in Jesus. The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross changed everything for Paul and all who believe in Jesus. His life was no longer self-centered but Jesus-centered. After this change, Paul viewed Jesus and other people differently.
“according to the flesh“ the opposite of the spiritual life; describes Paul’s attitude and beliefs about life that he held before his conversion. Unbelievers reject Jesus and do not have the Holy Spirit and therefore are unable to grasp the things of God. Before his conversion, Paul considered Jesus to be a blasphemer and liar who was rightly crucified for claiming to be divine. Paul further believed that he, not Jesus, was doing God’s will. He zealously persecuted those who disagreed with his false understanding of Jesus.
After his salvation “now we know Him in this way no longer.” Paul’s perspective of Jesus was changed by meeting Him and believing in Him.
What is your view of Jesus? Who and what?
Henry Luke 5/16/2018
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