1For we knowthatifourearthlyhouse of this tabernacle were dissolved , we have a buildingofGod, an house not made with hands,eternalin the heavens.2Forinthis we groan , earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with ourhousewhich is fromheaven:3Ifso be that being clothed we shallnot be foundnaked.4Forwe that arein this tabernacle do groan , being burdened : not for that we would be unclothed , but clothed upon , thatmortality might be swallowed upoflife.5Now he that hath wroughtusfor the selfsame thingisGod,whoalso hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.6Thereforewe are alwaysconfident , knowingthat, whilst we are at homein the body, we are absentfrom the Lord:7
(For we walkbyfaith,notby sight:)
We are confident , I say, andwillingrather to be absentfrom the body,and to be presentwith the Lord.9Wherefore we labour ,athat,whetherpresentorabsent , we may beaccepted of him.10Forwemustallappearbefore the judgment seat of Christ;that every one may receive the things done in his body,according to that he hath done , whether it be goodorbad.11Knowingtherefore the terror of the Lord, we persuademen;but we are made manifest unto God;and I trustalso are made manifestinyourconsciences.12For we commendnotourselvesagain unto you,butgiveyouoccasion to gloryonourbehalf,that ye may have somewhat to answer them which gloryinappearance,bandnot in heart.13Forwhether we be beside ourselves , it is to God: or whether we be sober , it is for your cause.14For the love of Christconstrainethus; because we thusjudge , thatifonediedforall,thenwerealldead :
15And that he diedforall,that they which liveshould not henceforthlive unto themselves,but unto him which diedforthem,and rose again .
16Whereforehenceforthknowwe no manafter the flesh:yea,though we have knownChristafter the flesh,yetnowhenceforth know we him no more.17Therefore if any man be inChrist, he is a newcreature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are becomenew.18And all things are ofGod,who hath reconciledus to himselfbyJesusChrist,and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19
To wit,thatGodwasinChrist,reconciling the world unto himself,notimputingtheirtrespasses unto them;and hath committedcuntous the word of reconciliation.20
Now then we are ambassadorsforChrist, as thoughGod did beseech you byus: we pray you inChrist'sstead, be ye reconciled to God.21For he hath made him to be sinforus,whoknewnosin;thatwe might be made the righteousness of Godinhim.