Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: 2 Corinthians 5:10-6:2
Preaching has rightly been described as ‘letting texts talk’. The text in this instance is both surprising and challenging. It reminds us that not all fear is bad. There is healthy fear (v11a), a timely reminder that all of us will render an account to God on that great day (v10). Accordingly, Paul is motivated to “persuade others” by appealing “to [their] conscience” (v11). Unlike his opponents in Corinth he does not resort to manipulation or rhetorical excess. He simply states gospel facts: all face judgement (v10), equally, Christ died for all (v14). There is paradox and mystery here, responsive to ‘faith seeking understanding’ as opposed to philosophical speculation about God’s character and human merit.