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.
We are not again commending ourselves to your favour, but are furnishing you with a ground of boasting on our behalf, so that you may have a reply ready for those with whom superficial appearances are everything and sincerity of heart counts for nothing.
For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God's glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.
For the love of Christ overmasters us, the conclusion at which we have arrived being this--that One having died for all, His death was their death,