Assurance of the Resurrection
1For we know that if #Job 4:19; 1 Cor. 15:47; 2 Cor. 4:7our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house #Mark 14:58; Acts 7:48; Heb. 9:11, 24not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this #Rom. 8:23; 2 Cor. 5:4we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3if indeed, #Rev. 3:18having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, #1 Cor. 15:53but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also #Rom. 8:23; (2 Cor. 1:22); Eph. 1:14has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7For #Rom. 8:24; Heb. 11:1we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, yes, #Phil. 1:23well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
The Judgment Seat of Christ
9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10#Matt. 16:27; Acts 10:42; Rom. 2:16; 14:10, 12For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, #Gal. 6:7; Eph. 6:8that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11Knowing, therefore, #(Heb. 10:31; 12:29; Jude 23)the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
Be Reconciled to God
12For #2 Cor. 3:1we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity #2 Cor. 1:14; Phil. 1:26to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13For #Mark 3:21; 2 Cor. 11:1, 16; 12:11if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that #(Rom. 5:15; 6:6; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:3)if One died for all, then all died; 15and He died for all, #(Rom. 6:11)that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16#2 Cor. 10:3Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, #(Matt. 12:50)yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone #(John 6:63)is in Christ, he is #(Rom. 8:9)a new creation; #Is. 43:18; 65:17; (Eph. 4:24); Rev. 21:4old things have passed away; behold, all things have become #(Rom. 6:3–10; Col. 3:3)new. 18Now all things are of God, #Rom. 5:10; (Eph. 2:16; Col. 1:20)who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19that is, that #(Rom. 3:24)God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then, we are #Mal. 2:7; Eph. 6:20ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21For #Is. 53:6, 9He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become #(Rom. 1:17; 3:21); 1 Cor. 1:30the righteousness of God in Him.