Our Future after Death
1For we know that if our earthly tent we live in5:1 2Pt 1:13 is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens,5:1 Eph 6:9; Php 2:10 not made with hands.5:1 Col 2:11
3since, when we are clothed,5:3 Other mss read when we have taken it off we will not be found naked.5:3 Mt 25:36; Lk 10:30
4Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality5:4 Rm 7:24; 8:23; 1Co 15:26 may be swallowed up by life.
5Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
6So we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7For we walk by faith,5:7 Mt 8:10; Ac 3:16; Rm 1:8; 1Co 2:5; Gl 2:16; 1Tm 1:2; Heb 4:2 not by sight.5:7 Lk 3:22
8In fact, we are confident, and we would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.5:8 Php 1:23
11Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord,5:11 Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; 1Pt 1:17; Rv 14:7 we try to persuade people. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your consciences.
12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in outward appearance rather than in the heart.
13For if we are out of our mind,5:13 Ac 10:45 it is for God; if we are in our right mind,5:13 1Pt 4:7 it is for you.
14For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion, that one died for all,5:14 Jn 11:51; 2Co 4:10 and therefore all died.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
16From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective.5:16 Lit anyone according to the flesh Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective,5:16 Lit Christ according to the flesh yet now we no longer know him in this way.
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;5:17 Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 the old has passed away, and see,5:17 Rm 8:24 the new has5:17 Other mss read look, all new things have come!5:17 Is 43:19; 65:17; Rm 6:4; Eph 4:24; Rv 21:5
18Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.5:18 Rm 5:11
20Therefore, we are ambassadors5:20 Eph 6:20 for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf,5:20 2Co 12:10; Php 1:29 “Be reconciled to God.”
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