Coming with Authority
1This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
2I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent 13:2 NU omits I writeI write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare—
3since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.
4For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you 13:5 do not stand the testare disqualified.
6But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Paul Prefers Gentleness
7Now 13:7 NU weI pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified.
8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.
10Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13All the saints greet you.
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the 13:14 fellowshipcommunion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.