1For we are well aware that when the tent that houses us on earth is folded up, there is a house for usfrom God, not made by human hands but everlasting, in the heavens. 2And in this earthly state we do indeed groan, 3longing to put on our heavenly home over the present one; if indeed we are to be found clothed ratherthan stripped bare. 4Yes, indeed, in this present tent, we groan under the burden, not that we want to be stripped of ourcovering, but because we want to be covered with a second garment on top, so that what is mortal in us may beswal owed up by life. 5It is God who designed us for this very purpose, and he has given us the Spirit as a pledge. 6We are always ful of confidence, then, realising that as long as we are at home in the body we areexiled from the Lord, 7guided by faith and not yet by sight; 8we are ful of confidence, then, and long instead to be exiled from the body and to be at home with theLord. 9And so whether at home or exiled, we make it our ambition to please him. 10For at the judgement seat of Christ we are al to be seen for what we are, so that each of us mayreceive what he has deserved in the body, matched to whatever he has done, good or bad. 11And so it is with the fear of the Lord always in mind that we try to win people over. But God sees us forwhat we are, and I hope your consciences do too. 12Again we are saying this not to commend ourselves to you, but simply to give you the opportunity totake pride in us, so that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearances and not inner reality. 13If we have been unreasonable, it was for God; if reasonable, for you. 14For the love of Christ overwhelms us when we consider that if one man died for all, then al have died; 15his purpose in dying for all humanity was that those who live should live not any more for themselves,but for him who died and was raised to life. 16From now onwards, then, we wil not consider anyone by human standards: even if we were oncefamiliar with Christ according to human standards, we do not know him in that way any longer. 17So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is thereto see. 18It is all God's work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry ofreconciliation. 19I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's faults against them,but entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you through us, and in the name ofChrist we appeal to you to be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made the sinless one a victim for sin, so that in him we might become the uprightnessof God.
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