1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For indeed in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our dwelling-place out of Heaven; 3 if indeed in being clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tabernacle groan, being burdened; inasmuch as we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed, so that the mortal might be swallowed up by the life. 5 And He who has worked in us for this same thing is God, who also is giving to us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Then being always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord; 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight; 8 then we are confident and we are pleased rather to go away from home out of the body, and to come home to the Lord. 9 Therefore we are also laboring to be well-pleasing to Him, whether at home or away from home. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive the things done through the body, according to that which he has done, whether good or bad.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men. But we are revealed to God, and I trust also that we are revealed in your consciences. 12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but are giving you occasion to glory on our behalf, so that you may have it to answer those boasting in appearance, and not in heart. 13 For if we are out of our mind, it is to God; or if we are in our senses, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ constrains us, judging this, that if one died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that the living ones may live no more to themselves, but to Him who died for them and having been raised.
16 So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so. 17 So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 whereas God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and putting the word of reconciliation in us. 20 Then we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as God exhorting through us, we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.