For we know, if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved, that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
For in this also we groan, desiring to be clothed upon with our habitation that is from heaven.
Yet so that we be found clothed, not naked.
For we also, who are in this tabernacle, do groan, being burthened; because we would not be unclothed, but clothed upon, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
Now he that maketh us for this very thing is God, who hath given us the pledge of the Spirit,
Therefore having always confidence, knowing that while we are in the body we are absent from the Lord.
(For we walk by faith and not by sight.)
But we are confident and have a good will to be absent rather from the body and to be present with the Lord.
And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.
For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.
Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we use persuasion to men: but to God we are manifest. And I trust also that in your consciences we are manifest.