Final Warnings and Greetings
1I will come to you for the third time. And remember, “Every case must be proved by two or three witnesses.”# Quotation from Deuteronomy 19:15. 2When I was with you the second time, I gave a warning to those who had sinned. Now I am away from you, and I give a warning to all the others. When I come to you again, I will not be easy with them. 3You want proof that Christ is speaking through me. My proof is that he is not weak among you, but he is powerful. 4It is true that he was weak when he was killed on the cross. But he lives now by God’s power. It is true that we are weak in Christ. But for you we will be alive in Christ by God’s power.
5Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. You know that Christ Jesus is in you—unless you fail the test. 6But I hope you will see that we ourselves have not failed the test. 7We pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. It is not important to see that we have passed the test. But it is important that you do what is right, even if it seems that we have failed. 8We cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9We are happy to be weak, if you are strong. And we pray that you will grow stronger and stronger. 10I am writing this while I am away from you. I am writing so that when I come I will not have to be harsh in my use of authority. The Lord gave me this authority to use to make you stronger, not to destroy you.
11Now, brothers, I say good-bye. Live in harmony. Do what I have asked you to do. Agree with each other, and live in peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
12Give each other a holy kiss when you greet each other. 13All of God’s holy people send greetings to you.
14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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