2 Cor. 5:19 is sometimes quoted to try to prove that God was actually physically in Jesus - maybe by an "indwelling" of the Holy Spirit in Jesus - or something similar. The bit that is quoted from 2 Cor. 5:19 to try to support this says, in the KJV:
'God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself'
This is not what the verse is getting at though.
Often (as above) the emphasis in this verse is put on the 'in' of the phrase, so that people say "God was in Christ!" (suggesting that God was Himself actually physically in Christ), where as I believe the emphasis in the phrase is on 'Christ', showing that God was reconciling the world to Himself, and He was doing this by the plan of salvation that involved Jesus as the main part.
The point of the verse is that God was reconciling the world to Himself through Christ, as the context shows: v18 says:
'Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation'
This verse is talking about who God was using to reconcile the world to Himself - firstly Jesus, then those who follow Jesus (the 'us' v18) and who spread the gospel (the 'ministry of reconciliation').
It is not about God being physically 'in' Jesus, but that Jesus was the way through which we can come to God.
Edited by luke, 19 July 2004 - 04:48 AM.