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REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!
MY BIBLE STUDY PARTNER WHO IS A NON SECTARIAN BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN INSISTS ON THE IDEA THAT THE BIBLE SHOULD BE INTERPRETED AS IT IS... LITERALLY, NO OTHER WAY BUT HOW THE WORDS ARE PLAINLY WRITTEN. AS A CATHOLIC, I WAS TAUGHT OTHERWISE. THE VERSE ABOVE... I DOUBT THAT IT CAN BE TAKEN AS IT IS. IF IT IS LITERALLY WRITTEN... THEN I ASK WHY??? I DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE THINKING THAT MY GOD WILL JUSTIFY INEQUALITY BETWEEN GENDERS LIKE THAT. I TRULY HOPE THIS VERSE IS NOT BEING USED AS A JUSTIFICATION TO THINK WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE HEARD, NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK HER MIND, AND OVER ALL UNIMPORTANT. I HAVE HEARD WOMEN TAKE ON MALE DOMINION OVER THEM BECAUSE OF THIS VERSE AND IT MAKES ME SAD. :-(
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Therefore,we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
vs 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
As believers, we are Christ's ambassadors, sent with His message of reconcilation has an important responsibility. We dare not take this responsibility lightly. How well are you fulfilling your commission as Christ's ambassador?
Christ's righteousness is poured into us at our conversion. This is what Christians mean by Christ's atonement for sin.
14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
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