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2 Corinthians 5 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We know that if the tent that we live in on earth is torn down, we have a building from God. It's a house that isn't handmade, which is eternal and located in heaven. 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 groan while we live in this residence. We really want to dress ourselves with our building from heaven— 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 since we assume that when we take off this tent, we won't find out that we are naked. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 Yes, while we are in this tent we groan, because we are weighed down. We want to be dressed not undressed, so that what is dying can 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 Now the one who prepared us for this very thing is God, and God gave us the Spirit as a down payment for our home. 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, because we know that while we are living in the body, we are away from our 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 We live by faith and not by sight. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, and we would prefer to leave the body and to 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 goal is to be acceptable to him, whether we are at home or away from home. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 We all must appear before Christ in court so that each person can be paid back for the things that were done while in the body, whether they were good or bad. 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 So we try to persuade people, since we know what it means to fear the Lord. We are well known by God, and I hope that in your heart we are well known by you 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 aren't trying to commend ourselves to you again. Instead, we are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us so that you could answer those who take pride in superficial appearance, and not in 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 crazy, it's for God's sake. If we are rational, it's 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 The love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: one died for the sake of all; therefore, all died. 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 He died for the sake of all so that those who are alive should live not for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised. 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 then, from this point on we won't recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn't how we know 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 So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people's sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. 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 ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ's representatives, "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 God caused the one who didn't know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become 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.