2 Corinthians 5:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 5:15, NIV: "And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."

2 Corinthians 5:15, ESV: "and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."

2 Corinthians 5:15, KJV: "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."

2 Corinthians 5:15, NASB: "and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf."

2 Corinthians 5:15, NLT: "He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them."

2 Corinthians 5:15, CSB: "And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised."

What does 2 Corinthians 5:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has described Christ's role as our death-substitute. Jesus died in the place of humanity, to pay for each person's sin. That death provides forgiveness of sins for those who come to faith in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:13–14). Jesus bled and died for the sake of sinners and was then raised back to life by God. Paul has said he is compelled—he is controlled and obligated—by Christ's love to keep delivering this message to more and more people.

Part of the message here is that eternal salvation is not the single, solitary purpose behind Jesus' death. He also died and was raised again so that those who trust in Him for salvation will stop living for themselves and begin to live for God. Christ intends that those who receive the gift of his death, for their sin, will respond by dying to selfishness in order to selflessly live for Him.