2 Corinthians 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down -- when we die and leave these bodies -- we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 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 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and have no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting 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 himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. 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 confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with 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 That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will 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 So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. 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 It is because we know this solemn fear of the Lord that we work so hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, 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 Are we trying to pat ourselves on the back again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart before God. 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 it seems that we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 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 Whatever we do, it is because Christ's love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for everyone, we also believe that we have all died to the old life we used to live. 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them. 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 we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! 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 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. 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 We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be reconciled 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 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.