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2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (Lexham English Bible)

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Controlled by the Love of Christ

11 Therefore, [because we]a know the fear of the Lord, we are attempting to persuade people, but we are revealed to God, and I hope to be revealed in your consciences. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to boast about us, in order that you may have [an answer] for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are out of our senses, [it is] for God; if we are of sound mind, [it is] for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, [because we]b have concluded this: that one died for all; as a result all died. 15 And he died for all, in order that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised. 16 So then, from now on we know no one {from a human point of view}c, if indeed we have known Christ {from a human point of view}d, but now we know [him this way] no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new creation; the old [things] have passed away; behold, new [things] have come. 18 And all these [things] [are] from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as [if]e God were imploring [you] through us. We beg [you] on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made the one who did not know sin [to be] sin on our behalf, in order that we could become the righteousness of God in him.
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