For we know that if this poor tent, our earthly house, is taken down, we have in Heaven a building which God has provided, a house not built by human hands, but eternal.
For in this one we sigh, because we long to put on over it our dwelling which comes from Heaven--
if indeed having really put on a robe we shall not be found to be unclothed.
Yes, we who are in this tent certainly do sigh under our burdens, for we do not wish to lay aside that with which we are now clothed, but to put on more, so that our mortality may be absorbed in Life.
And He who formed us with this very end in view is God, who has given us His Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that bliss.
We have therefore a cheerful confidence. We know that while we are at home in the body we are banished from the Lord;
for we are living a life of faith, and not one of sight.
So we have a cheerful confidence, and we anticipate with greater delight being banished from the body and going home to the Lord.
And for this reason also we make it our ambition, whether at home or in exile, to please Him perfectly.
For we must all of us appear before Christ's judgement-seat in our true characters, in order that each may then receive an award for his actions in this life, in accordance with what he has done, whether it be good or whether it be worthless.
Therefore, because we realize how greatly the Lord is to be feared, we are endeavouring to win men over, and God recognizes what our motives are, and I hope that you, in your hearts, recognize them too.