11This is the thirdtime I am coming to you. 2EVERYaFACTbIS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE cTESTIMONY OF TWOORTHREEWITNESSES.
I have previouslysaidwhenpresent the secondtime, and though nowabsent I say in advance to those who have 3sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that 4if I comeagain I will not 5spare anyone,
3since you are 6seeking for proof of the 7Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weaktoward you, but 8mighty in you.
For indeed He was 9crucifiedbecause of weakness, yet He lives10because of the power of God. For we also are 11weakdin Him, yet12we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.
513Testyourselves to see if you are in the faith; 14examineyourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that JesusChrist is in you-unless indeed you e15fail the test?
But I trust that you will realize that we ourselvesfdo not fail the test.
7Now we pray to God that you donowrong; not that we ourselves may appearapproved, but that you may dowhat is right, eventhough we may gappearunapproved.
For we can do nothingagainst the truth, but only for the truth.
For we rejoicewhen we ourselves are 16weak but you are strong; this we alsopray for, hthat you be 17madecomplete.
For thisreason I am writingthesethings while absent, so that when present18I need not use19severity, in accordance with the 20authoritywhich the Lordgave me for building up and not for tearingdown.