This morning in my devotions I was to use a dictionary to look up key words to reflect on their deeper meanings. Well, I took it one step further and decided to re-write the verse with the 'definitions' in place of the words.
Here is the original:
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Now, here is 'my' version:
"If any single thing or person is contained by Christ, he is a creation that is different from the one in the past. The old has died; look at it, the new has appeared. All this is from God, who by way of Christ made us friendly again to himself and made a gift to us the act of serving in making others friendly again to Him; that is, in Christ God was making friendly again, the world to himself, not naming or adding up their going beyond the limits of what is right against them, and turning over for safekeeping to us the message of making friendly again. Therefore, we are the highest ranking diplomatic representatives for Christ, God making his urgent request by way of us. We earnestly ask you in the interest of Christ, be made friendly again to God. For our sake he caused Him to become any offense or fault who knew no offense or fault, so that in Him we might grow to be acting in a just and upright manner."
I find it interesting how looking up the words and then incorporating them really gives me a different understanding of the verses. 'My' version is kind of clunky, the punctuation is all wrong; BUT, it gave me a better idea of what it was talking about.
And, isn't that the point?