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2 Corinthians 5 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:1 - For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:2 - We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:3 - For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:4 - While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:5 - God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:6 - So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:7 - For we live by believing and not by seeing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:8 - Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:9 - So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:10 - For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
We Are God’s Ambassadors
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:11 - Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:12 - Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,[fn] so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:13 - If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:14 - Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[fn] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:15 - He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:16 - So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:17 - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:18 - And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:19 - For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:20 - So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 5:21 - For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[fn] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
NLT Footnotes
Greek we will not be naked.
Some manuscripts read proud of yourselves.
Or urges us on.
Greek Since one died for all, then all died.
Or to become sin itself.

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