Monday | 06 April 2020
The marks of the Lord Jesus

The apostle Paul testified that, through his ministry, Christ was publicly portrayed among his hearers as crucified. Gal 3:1. By this means, the judgement of God and the salvation of God were being made known to them. This was not merely the explanation of judgement and salvation through the cross. Rather, Paul said that he bore in his body ‘the marks of the Lord Jesus’. Gal 6:17. These were the marks that were caused by the sufferings of death that Christ tasted for every man. Heb 2:9.

Paul’s ministry as a messenger of God in Christ involved a quotient of suffering under the condemnation of death that belonged to, or was caused by, his hearers. This is what Paul meant when he said to the Colossians, ‘I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church.’ Col 1:24. This was a fundamental reality of the stewardship that he had received from God the Father. He said that the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings is foundational to understanding and proclaiming the mystery of the cross, which had been hidden from ages and from generations. Col 1:25-26.

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul testified of this ministry among them.
He said that he and his fellow presbyters spoke before God in Christ. 2Co 12:19.
He was addressing those who were living according to the flesh and were in bondage to sin. 2Co 12:20. Paul’s ministry was effective toward the Corinthians as he was humbled among them and mistreated by some of them. This was the suffering of condemnation that Christ had suffered for them, and that Paul was filling up for their sakes.

Further Study:
2 Corinthians 4
Daily Proverb:

Gal 3:1
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 6:17
From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

Heb 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Col 1:24-26
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

2Co 12:19-20
Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification. For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults.
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