1 For we know that if a our earthly 1 house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house b not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this c we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our 2 habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, d having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, e but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also f has given us the Spirit as 3 a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For g we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, h well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 i For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, j that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11 Knowing, therefore, k the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. 12 For l we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity m to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For n if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that o if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, p that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 q Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, r yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone s is in Christ, he is t a new creation; u old things have passed away; behold, all things have become v new. 18 Now all things are of God, w who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that x God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not 4 imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are y ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For z He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become a the righteousness of God in Him.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.