2 Corinthians 5 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We know that the earthly tent we live in will be destroyed. But we have a building made by God. It is a house in heaven that lasts forever. Human hands did not build it. 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 During our time on earth we groan. We long to put on our house in heaven as if it were clothing. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 Then we will not be naked. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 While we live in this tent of ours, we groan under our heavy load. We don't want to be naked. We want to be dressed with our house in heaven. What must die will be swallowed up 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 has made us for that very purpose. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment. The Spirit makes us sure of what is still to come. 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 here is what we can always be certain about. As long as we are at home in our bodies, 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 believing, not by seeing. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are certain about that. We would rather be away from our bodies and 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 So we try our best to please him. We want to please him whether we are at home in our bodies or away from them. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 We must all stand in front of Christ to be judged. Each one of us will be judged for the good things and the bad things we do while we are in our bodies. Then each of us will receive what we are supposed to get. 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 have respect for the Lord. So we try to help other people to understand it. What we are is plain to God. I hope it is also plain to your way of thinking. 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 make an appeal to you again. But we are giving you a chance to take pride in us. Then you can answer those who take pride in how people look rather than in what is really in their hearts. 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 out of our minds? That is because we want to serve God. Does what we say make sense? That is because we want to serve 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 Christ's love controls us. We are sure that one person died for everyone. And so everyone 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 everyone. He died so that those who live should not live for themselves anymore. They should live for Christ. He died for them and was raised again. 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 So from now on we don't look at anyone the way the world does. At one time we looked at Christ in that way. But we don't anymore. 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 believes in Christ is a new creation. 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 It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ's death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ. 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 God was bringing the world back to himself through Christ. He did not hold people's sins against them. God has trusted us with the message that people may be brought back to him. 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 are Christ's official messengers. It is as if God were making his appeal through us. Here is what Christ wants us to beg you to do. Come back to 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 didn't have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.