Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,2 we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.312
We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again,4 but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us,5 so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
If we are out of our mind,6 it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.715
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves8 but for him who died for them9 and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly10 point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,11 he is a new creation;12 the old has gone, the new has come!1318
All this is from God,14 who reconciled us to himself through Christ15 and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.16 And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors,17 as though God were making his appeal through us.18 We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.19