The apostle Paul was the writer of this book 2 Corinthians – he was writing to the early church; he was writing to some of the very first Christians in the city of Corinth. And much of 2 Corinthians was written to respond to some false workers who were masquerading as true disciples of Christ. These false teachers were opposing Paul, and in this writing, Paul is dealing with this opposition and Paul is addressing this conflict in the early church. And so keep in mind that Paul is defending himself and his teachings as well as giving the Corinthians a lesson on how they should act if they are truly disciples of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-17 Common English Bible (CEB)
O Lord, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give us grace to receive your truth in faith and love, and strength to follow on the path you set before us; through Jesus Christ, Amen.
Matthew 22:34-40 Common English Bible (CEB)
34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. 35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,[a] and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Romans 12:1-2 Common English Bible (CEB)
Living sacrifice and transformed lives
12 So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. 2 Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
1 Peter 1:13-16 Common English Bible (CEB)
Response of obedience
13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, 15 you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy.