2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NLT)- "So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
First off, this will be a fairly long post, but I hope you'll stick around and see where we end up. If not, that's okay. My only request is that you don't partially read this post. It's not one that you can skim and walk away with a better understanding of the gospel. If less people read this because of the disclaimer; that's fine with me. (The estimated reading time is 6 min, 38 sec)