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2 Corinthians 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn't made 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 In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 After we have put it on, we won't be naked. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 While we are in this tent, we sigh. We feel distressed because we don't want to take off the tent, but we do want to put on the eternal house. Then [eternal] life will put an end to our mortal existence. 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 prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it. 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. We know that as long as we are living in these bodies, we are living 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 Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident and prefer to live away from this body and to live 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 Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 All of us must appear in front of Christ's judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their 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 As people who know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. God already knows what we are, and I hope that you also know what we are. 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 show you our qualifications again, but we are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us. Then you can answer those who are proud of their appearance rather than 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 So if we were crazy, it was for God. If we are sane, 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 Clearly, Christ's love guides us. We are convinced of the fact that one man has died for all people. Therefore, all people have 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 all people so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the man who died and was brought back to life 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 from now on we don't think of anyone from a human point of view. If we did think of Christ from a human point of view, 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 Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. 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 using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn't hold people's faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships 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 Therefore, we are Christ's representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited 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 God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God's approval through him. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.