Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2 Corinthians, Day 2 Readings

The Promise of Eternal Life   

Today's reading provides one of the most poetic expressions of the promise of life after death in the Bible.  As Paul continues to explain how forgiveness and reconciliation are possible through a true understanding of Christian faith, he compares life on earth to the promise of life in heaven.  Life on earth is temporary and filled with challenges, especially for those who are aware of God's larger purposes and promises; life in heaven will surpass all expectations.

This larger perspective provides all of the things which make it possible to repair a broken relationship: hope for the future, encouragement to persevere through life's challenges, and the recognition that all people make mistakes and need forgiveness for those mistakes.

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-5:15  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Corinthians 4-5 today.