2 Corinthians 5:19

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world vnto himselfe, not imputing their trespasses vnto them, and hath committed vnto vs the word of reconciliation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That is, that God was in Christ making peace between the world and himself, not putting their sins to their account, and having given to us the preaching of this news of peace.
- Basic English Bible

how that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their offences; and putting in us the word of that reconciliation.
- Darby Bible

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and hath committed to us the word of reconciliation.
- Webster's Bible

We are to tell how God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not charging men's transgressions to their account, and that He has entrusted to us the Message of this reconciliation.
- Weymouth Bible

namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation.
- World English Bible

And God was in Crist, recounselynge to hym the world, not rettynge to hem her giltes, and puttide in vs the word of recounselyng.
- Wycliffe Bible

how that God was in Christ -- a world reconciling to Himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses; and having put in us the word of the reconciliation,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:19


5:19 Namely - The sum of which is, God - The whole Godhead, but more eminently God the Father. Was in Christ, reconciling the world - Which was before at enmity with God. To himself - So taking away that enmity, which could no otherwise be removed than by the blood of the Son of God.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:19


2Co 5:19 That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. This explains more fully "the ministry of reconciliation" (2Co 5:18). It was not God who was to be reconciled, but the world. In Christ it is offered peace and shown the love of God. The word of reconciliation is to persuade men to accept God's love and mercy, and to repent so that he can forgive their trespasses.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 5:19

  • this is a scripture that christ was god
    not just a prophet as others teach
    quite effective in combating false sects
    and cults
  • Susan Dalton for verse 19
    "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." (2 Corinthians 5:19)

    Draw a large cross on a piece of paper. Put WJ at one end of the horizontal cross bar representing wisdom (fulness of God, His commandments etc.) J for Justice, God having to deal with man's sin.)

    At the other end of the horizontal cross bar put MG. M representing God's mercy toward man and his disobedience and sin. G representing Grace toward man from God.

    Wisdom and Justice looks all the way to Mercy and Grace. Put an > on the end of the line (horizontal cross bar) representing Wisdom and Justice must be completed in Mercy and Grace.

    Mercy and Grace looks all the way to Wisdom and Justice. Put a < on the line (horizontal cross bar) where Wisdom and Justice is. Mercy and Grace must reach all the way to Wisdom and Justice.

    See one of Jesus' arms nailed to Wisdom and Justice and the other nailed to Mercy and Grace?

    Now see Jesus looking up having to satisfy God and God looking down on Jesus hanging on the cross. God having to satisfy Wisdom, Justice, Mercy and Grace looks down upon Jesus; Jesus seeking to complete redemption for man and satisfy God's just demand looks up to God. Put a V on the top of the vertical line representing God looking down on redemption being fulfilled in Jesus hanging on the cross.

    Now take a pen and start at the tip of one side of the V and go around the cross bar where WJ is; connect all the way down to the bottom of the vertical line (Vertical cross bar). Go back to the top and start at the other tip of the V and go around the MG down to the bottom of the vertical line (Vertical cross bar).

    The fulness of God's redemption for man - Jesus reconciling all things in Himself - reconciling us to God.

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