"Complete Open Before God..."
“Completely Open Before God…”
To this point in 2 Corinthians 5 we have seen several terms of conclusions: “therefore”, “for” and the like.
For we know…we have a building with God
For indeed…we groan, longing for our dwelling from heaven
Now…God has prepared us for this purpose
Therefore, being always of good courage…walk by faith, not by sight
Therefore…our ambition is to be pleasing to Him
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ
Now, the next “therefore”…
Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well.
We should live in the fear of the Lord.
Not the fear of man.
Not the fear of situation nor circumstance.
The fear of the Lord.
Knowing the fear of the Lord, we…as Paul…should seek to persuade people as to the things of the Kingdom.
Paul was complete open before the Lord.
So should we be.
Being open before the Lord will open others to His Kingdom.
Let us do so.