2 Corinthians 5:14–20
Long one of the American Baptist Convention’s outstanding preachers, Dr. Charles W. Koller became third president of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1938. He is presently on leave. A native of Texas, he served in World War I. Dr. Koller holds the A.B. degree from Baylor University, Th.M. and Th.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the honorary D.D. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. During the eleven years (1927–38) he ministered to Clinton Hill Baptist Church in Newark, its membership doubled and led Baptist churches in New Jersey in numerical net growth. Dr. Koller’s sermon is based on his favorite passage of Scripture (2 Cor. 5:14–20) and unfolds his favorite theme, the Cross.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
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