Daily Bible Reading

June 12, 2023

2 Corinthians 5:11-21(GNT)

God’s Saving Word: Spiritual Renewal


2 Corinthians 5:11-21: In today’s reading, the apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians that God, through Christ, has made those who trust in him his friends and that all who follow Christ have died to sin and have been given new life.

Scripture Reading

Friendship with God through Christ

11 We know what it means to fear the Lord, and so we try to persuade others. God knows us completely, and I hope that in your hearts you know me as well. 12 We are not trying again to recommend ourselves to you; rather, we are trying to give you a good reason to be proud of us, so that you will be able to answer those who boast about people’s appearance and not about their character. 13 Are we really insane? It is for God’s sake. Or are we sane? Then it is for your sake. 14 We are ruled by the love of Christ, now that we recognize that one man died for everyone, which means that they all share in his death. 15 He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake.

16 No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards. Even if at one time we judged Christ according to human standards, we no longer do so. 17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 18 All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. 19 Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ.[a] God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends.

20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends! 21 Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God.

Today’s Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.


What does it mean to you to be joined to Christ as a new being? Reread verse 18. What has God done? What task has God given to us? With whom will you share the message of friendship with God through Christ today?


Gracious God, fill me with your courage that I may experience your presence with me now and forever. Through Christ, you have made me your friend so that I may live in union with you. Amen.

And now, join us in thanking God that children and youth in Nicaragua are growing in their faith in Christ. Loving God, life can be difficult for the children and youth in Nicaragua, but your Word is giving them the strength to persevere. They are learning more about you, and many youths are changing their lives from their former rebellious ways and receiving the help that guides them on a better path. Because of the generous support from Bible-A-Month Partners, your Word is keeping them firm in their faith and giving them hope. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

2 Corinthians 6:1-13: The apostle Paul defends what he has been teaching.

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