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.