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2 Corinthians 5 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For we know that when this tent we live in - our body here on earth - is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever. 1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 And now we sigh, so great is our desire that our home which comes from heaven should be put on over us; 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 by being clothed with it we shall not be without a body. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 While we live in this earthly tent, we groan with a feeling of oppression; it is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body, but that we want to have the heavenly one put on over us, so that what is mortal will be transformed by life. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and he gave us his Spirit as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 So we are always full of courage. We know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord's home. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7 For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are full of courage and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and be at home with the Lord. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by him. We will each receive what we deserve, according to everything we have done, good or bad, in our bodily life. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
11 We know what it means to fear the Lord, and so we try to persuade others. God knows us completely, and I hope that in your hearts you know me as well. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
12 We are not trying again to recommend ourselves to you; rather, we are trying to give you a good reason to be proud of us, so that you will be able to answer those who boast about people's appearance and not about their character. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
13 Are we really insane? It is for God's sake. Or are we sane? Then it is for your sake. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 We are ruled by the love of Christ, now that we recognize that one man died for everyone, which means that they all share in his death. 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards. Even if at one time we judged Christ according to human standards, we no longer do so. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends. 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends! 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21 Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.