For we know that if our earthly house, this tabernacle, were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed about with our house which is from Heaven,
that, being so clothed, we shall not be found naked.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened, not because we would be unclothed, but clothed about, that mortality might be swallowed up by life.
Now He that hath wrought us for this selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the pledge of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord;
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Therefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted by Him.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God, and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have something to answer those who glory in appearance and not in heart.
For if we be beside ourselves, it is for God; if we be soberminded, it is for your cause.
For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge that if One died for all, then all were dead;
and that He died for all, that those who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again.
Therefore, henceforth know we no man according to the flesh; yea, though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now henceforth we know Him so no more.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation,
to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were beseeching you by us: we pray you on Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.