2 Corinthians 5
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The Temporal and Eternal

1For we know that if [†]the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For indeed in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, 3inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. 4For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. 5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a [†]pledge.

6Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by [†]sight— 8we are of good courage and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for [†]his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

11So then, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we [†]have been made manifest to God; and I hope that we [†]have been made manifest also in your consciences. 12We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an opportunity to boast of us, so that you will have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13For if we [†]are out of our mind, it is for God, or if we are of right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died. 15And He died for all, so that they who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

16Therefore from now on we recognize no one [†]according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ [†]according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their transgressions against them, and [†]He has [†]committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20So then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as God is pleading through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1 Lit our earthly house of the tent
5 Or down payment
7 Or appearance
10 Lit the things through the body
11 Or have appeared
11 Or have appeared
13 Lit were
16 By what he is in the flesh
16 By what he is in the flesh
19 Lit having
19 Lit placed in us

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