McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Ex 17, Lk 20, Job 35, 2 Co 5

we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. (2 Co 5:9-11)

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Co 5:14-15)

The Christian’s motive for ministry is both fear and love; fear in the sense of complete awe of God–a reverent fear–due to his holiness, power, and justice; and love resulting from His love for us that has died to rescue us from paying the death we owed. These two motives work together to lead the Christian to answer the call of discipleship and live by faith (for God and eternity) and not by sight (for ourselves and what we can see in this world only).

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