2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 5:12; 2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Corinthians 8:5; 2 Corinthians 8:10; 2 Corinthians 8:16; 2 Corinthians 9:9; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 13:10
who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.
But thanks be to God who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus.
as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."
For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself!
For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.