1 This will be my third visit to you: every case is to be decided on the evidence of two or of three witnesses. 2 I warned you already, on my second visit, and I warn you now before I come, both you who sinned some time ago and the rest of you as well, that I will spare no one if I come back. 3 That will prove to you that I am indeed a spokesman of Christ. It is no weak Christ you have to do with, but a Christ of power. 4 For though he was crucified in his weakness, he lives by the power of God; and though I am weak as he was weak, you will find I am alive as he is alive by the power of God.
5 Put yourselves to the proof, not me; test yourselves, to see if you are in the faith. Do you not understand that Christ Jesus is within you? Otherwise you must be failures. 6 But I trust you will find I am no failure, 7 and I pray to God that you may not go wrong ??not to prove I am a success, that is not the point, but that you should come right, even if I seemed to be a failure. 8 (Fail or succeed, I cannot work against the truth but for it!) 9 I am glad to be weak if you are strong; mend your ways, that is all I ask. 10 I am writing thus to you in absence, so that when I do come I may not have to deal sharply with you; I have the Lord's authority for that, but he gave it to me for building you up, not for demolishing you.
11 Now brothers, goodbye; mend your ways, listen to what I have told you, live in harmony, keep the peace; then the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Salute one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with you all.