THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
D. Longing to Be Clothed Upon with the Transfigured Body
1 1For we know that if our 2earthly 3atabernacle dwelling is taken down, we have a 4building 5from God, a 6dwelling bnot made with hands, ceternal, 7din the heavens.
2 For also in 1this we agroan, longing to be 2clothed upon with our 3dwelling place 4from heaven,
3 If indeed, being clothed, we will not be found 1anaked.
4 For also, we who are in this tabernacle groan, being 1aburdened, 2in that we do not desire to be unclothed, but clothed upon, that 3what is bmortal may be 4cswallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has 1wrought us for this very thing is God, who has given to us the Spirit as a 2apledge.
6 Therefore being always of good courage and knowing that while we are 1at home in the body, we are 1abroad from the Lord
7 (For we 1walk by afaith, not by 2bappearance) --
8 We are of good courage then and are well pleased rather 1to be aabroad from the body and at home with the Lord.
E. Making It Their Aim to Please the Lord by Living to Him
9 Therefore also we are 1determined, whether 2at home or abroad, to gain the honor of being awell pleasing to Him.
10 1For we must all be amanifested before the 2bjudgment seat of Christ, that each one may 3creceive the things done 4through the body according to what he has practiced, whether good or 5bad.
11 1Knowing therefore the 2afear of the Lord, we 3persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; yet I hope that we are made manifest also in your bconsciences.
12 We are not again acommending ourselves to you, but so speak in order to give you an opportunity to bboast on our behalf, that you may 1have an answer for those who are cboasting in doutward 2appearance and not in 3eheart.
13 For whether we were 1abeside ourselves, it was to God; or whether we are 2bsober-minded, it is cfor you.
14 For the 1alove of Christ 2constrains us because we 3have judged this, that 4bOne died for all, 5therefore call died;
15 And He adied for all that those who blive may 1no longer live to themselves but 2cto Him who died for them and has been raised.
F. Commissioned with the Ministry of Reconciliation
for the Lord's New Creation
16 1So then we, from now on, 2know no one according to the aflesh; even though we have 2known Christ baccording to the flesh, yet now we 2know Him so no longer.
17 1So then if anyone is 2ain Christ, he is a 3bnew creation. The 4cold things have dpassed away; 5behold, 6they have become enew.
18 But 1all things are out from God, who has areconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given to us the bministry of reconciliation;
19 Namely, that God ain Christ was reconciling the bworld to Himself, cnot accounting their offenses to them, and has put in us the 1word of reconciliation.
20 On behalf of Christ then we are 1aambassadors, as God bentreats you through us; we beseech you on behalf of Christ, Be 2reconciled to God.
21 Him who did 1not know sin He made 2asin on our behalf that we might become the 3brighteousness of God 4in Him.