1This wil be the third time I have confronted you. Whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two orthree witnesses is required to sustain a charge. 2I gave you notice once, and now, though I am not with you, I give notice again, just as when I was withyou for a second time, to those who sinned before, and to all others; and it is to this effect, that when I do comenext time, I shal have no mercy. 3Since you are asking for a proof that it is Christ who speaks in me; he is not weak with you but hispower is at work among you; 4for, though it was out of weakness that he was crucified, he is alive now with the power of God. We,too, are weak in him, but with regard to you we shal live with him by the power of God. 5Put yourselves to the test to make sure you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Do you notrecognise yourselves as people in whom Jesus Christ is present? - unless, that is, you fail the test. 6But we, as I hope you wil come to recognise, do not fail the test. 7It is our prayer to God that you may do nothing wrong -- not so that we have the credit of passing atest, but because you wil be doing what is right, even if we do not pass the test. 8We have no power to resist the truth; only to further the truth; 9and we are delighted to be weak if only you are strong. What we ask in our prayers is that you shouldbe made perfect. 10That is why I am writing this while still far away, so that when I am with you I shal not have to beharsh, with the authority that the Lord has given me, an authority that is for building up and not for breakingdown. 11To end then, brothers, we wish you joy; try to grow perfect; encourage one another; have a commonmind and live in peace, and the God of love and peace wil be with you. 12Greet one another with the holy kiss. Al God's holy people send you their greetings. 13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fel owship of the Holy Spirit be with youal .
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