E. By the Authority Given to Him
19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. 1aBefore God bin Christ we speak; but all things, beloved, are for your cbuilding up.
20 For I afear that perhaps when I come, I may find you not such as I wish, and I may be found by you not such as you wish; that perhaps there may be 1bstrife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, cselfish ambitions, 2slanders, 3whisperings, 4demonstrations of being puffed up, 5dtumults;
21 That when I come again my God may humble me before you and I may mourn over many who have asinned before and who have not brepented of the cuncleanness and dfornication and licentiousness which they have practiced.
1 This athird time I am coming to you; at the mouth of two or three bwitnesses shall every word be established.
2 I have previously said and I say beforehand, when I was present the second time and being aabsent now, to those who have bsinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will cnot spare,
3 Since you seek a proof of the Christ who is speaking in me, who is not weak unto you but is 1apowerful in you.
4 For indeed He was acrucified out of 1weakness, but He blives 2by the power of God. For indeed 3we are cweak in Him, but we will dlive together with Him 2by the epower of God directed toward you.
5 Test yourselves whether you are in the 1faith; 2prove yourselves. Or do you not realize about yourselves that 3Jesus Christ is ain you, unless you are 4bdisapproved?
6 But I hope that you will know that 1we are not disapproved.
7 Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong, 1not that we may appear approved, but that you yourselves may do what is good and we may be as if disapproved.
8 1For we are not able to do anything against the 2truth but rather for the truth.
9 For we rejoice whenever we are 1aweak and you are powerful; this also we pray for, your 2bperfecting.
10 Therefore I write these things while being aabsent in order that when bpresent I would not have to use cseverity, according to the dauthority which the Lord has given me for ebuilding up and not for overthrowing.