Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th September 2022


Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17 September 2022 Written BY BY DR. JOHN KOESSLER (Moody Bible Institute)


SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 5:10–21

KEY VERSE: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21


It can be unnerving when your boss unexpectedly asks to meet with you. In the same way, a student gets nervous when called into the principal’s office, and children know what it means when their parent warns, “Wait until your father (or mother) gets home!”

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Maybe you feel the same way as we read about the inevitability of God’s judgment in verse 10. For Paul, this reminder motivated him to keep proclaiming the gospel. According to verse 11, it is an awareness of “what it is to fear the Lord.” Paul had a first- hand encounter with this fear when Jesus appeared to Him on the road to Damascus in a blaze of light and spoke with a voice like thunder (Acts 9:3–6).

Yet Paul’s primary motivation was not guilt or even fear of failure in his efforts to persuade others to believe the gospel. He was so moved by the love Christ demonstrated by giving His life. Paul did not see this sacrifice as a moral example but something far more powerful. He was “convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died” (2 Cor. 5:14). Jesus’ death fundamentally changes those who believe in a way that makes it possible to “no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (v. 15).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th September 2022

As a result of Christ’s sacrifice, the believer becomes “a new creation” (v. 17). The old order with its bondage to sin has passed away. A new order has begun in which those who were once God’s enemies are now reconciled and are eager to share the message of reconciliation.

>> What is the message of reconciliation? It is the gospel: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (v. 21). Once we have exchanged our sin for the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, we do not need to be afraid of judgment.

Pray with Us

Like Paul, we are Christ’s ambassadors (v. 20). Lay on our hearts Paul’s passion and urgency to inform others about Your offer of salvation. We, too, know what it is to fear You.

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Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 17th September 2022



Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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