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2 Corinthians 5 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We know that our body -- the tent we live in here on earth -- will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that 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 But now we groan in this tent. We want God to give us our heavenly home, 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 because it will clothe us so we will not be naked. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 While we live in this body, we have burdens, and we groan. We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be fully covered with 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 This is what God made us for, and he has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life. 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 always have courage. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. 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 We live by what we believe, not by what we can see. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 So I say that we have courage. We really want to be away from this 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 Our only goal is to please God whether we live 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 because we must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each of us will receive what we should get -- good or bad -- for the things we did in the earthly body. 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 Since we know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to help people accept the truth about us. God knows what we really are, and I hope that in your hearts you know, too. 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 to prove ourselves to you again, but we are telling you about ourselves so you will be proud of us. Then you will have an answer for those who are proud about things that can be seen rather than what is in the heart. 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 If we are out of our minds, it is for God. If we have our right minds, it is for you. 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 The love of Christ controls us, because we know that One died for all, so all have died. 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 Christ died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from the dead so that they would live for him. 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 From this time on we do not think of anyone as the world does. In the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks, but we no longer think of him in that way. 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 If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with him. 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold the world guilty of its sins. And he gave us this message of peace. 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 So we have been sent to speak for Christ. It is as if God is calling to you through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. 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 had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with 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.