THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Corinthians 5 ©
1 The apostle proceeds in describing of the hope of salvation, whereby we are assured that, when this body, which is an earthly tabernacle, is broken down, we have an eternal habitation in heaven. 4 Wherewith we long to be clothed upon. 6 Forasmuch as so long as we inhabit in this body, we are absent from the Lord. 9 That therefore everyone must be diligent to please Him. 10 Because we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 Therefore also testifies his diligence among them. 12 Not to praise himself, but to give them matter of boasting against the false apostles. 15 Teaches that Christ died and was raised up for all, that they all might live unto Him. 16 Wherefore henceforward he knows no man after the flesh. 17 But after the new creation which is of God in Christ. 19 Whereunto they are used as ambassadors of God, to reconcile men unto God in Christ.
FOR we know that if 1our earthlya house of this tabernacle were 2dissolved, we have 3a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Forb in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
Ifc so be that 4being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For we 5that are in this tabernacle do groan, 6being burdened: 7not for that we would be unclothed, 8but clothed upon, thatd9mortality might be swallowed up 10of life.
Now he that hath wrought us 11for the selfsame thing is God, whoe also hath given unto us 12the earnestf of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent 13from the Lord:
(Forg we walk 14by faith, 15not by sight:)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Wherefore we 16labour, that, whether 17present or 18absent, we may be accepted of him.
Forh we must all 19appear before the judgment seat of Christ; thati every one may 20receive the things done 21in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be 22good or 23bad.
Knowing therefore 24the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Forj we 25commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion 26to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them 27which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
For whether we be 28beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be 29sober, it is for your cause.
For 30the love of Christ 31constraineth us; 32because we thus judge, that if 33one 34died 35for all, then were 36all dead:
And that he died for all, thatk they which live should not henceforth 37live unto themselves, but 38unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Whereforel henceforth know we no man 39after the flesh: yea, 40though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him 41no more.
Therefore if any man be 42in Christ, he is 43a new creature: oldm things are passed away; behold, 44all things are become new.
And 45all things are of God, whon hath 46reconciled 47us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, thato48God was in Christ, reconciling 49the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed 50unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadorsp for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, q51be ye reconciled to God.
For he hathr made him to be 52sin for us, whos53knew no sin; that we might be made 54the righteousness of God in 55him.