2 Corinthians 5
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Our Eternal Dwelling
(Romans 8:18–27)

1We knowe surely, yt yf oure earthy house of this dwellynge were destroyed, we haue a buyldynge ordeyned of God, an house not made with handes, but euerlastynge in heauen. 2And in the same sighe we also after oure masion, which is from heauen: 3and longe to be clothed therwith, so yet, yf that we be founde clothed, and not naked. 4For as longe as we are in this tabernacle, we sighe and are greued, for we had rather not be vnclothed, but to be clothed vpon, that mortalite might be swalowed vp of life. 5But he that hath ordeyned vs for this, is God, which hath geuen vs the earnest of the sprete.

6Therfore are we allwaye of good cheare, and knowe, that as longe as we dwell here in the body, we are not at home with the LORDE: 7for we walke in faith, and se him not. 8Neuertheles we are of good comforte, and had leuer to be absent from the body, & to be at home with the LORDE. 9Wherfore, whether we be at home or fro home, we endeuoure oure selues to please him. 10For we must all appeare before the iudgment seate of Christ, yt euery one maye receaue in his body, acordinge to yt he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Ambassadors for Christ

11Seynge then that we knowe, how that the LORDE is to be feared, we fare fayre with men, but we are knowne well ynough vnto God: I trust also, that we are knowne in youre consciences. 12We prayse not oure selues agayne vnto you, but geue you an occasion to reioyse of vs, yt ye maye haue to reioyse agaynst them, which reioyse after the outwarde appearaunce, and not after the hert. 13For yf we do to moch, we do it vnto God: yf we kepe measure,we do it for youre sakes. 14For the loue of Christ constrayneth vs, in as moch as we thus iudge, that yf one be deed for all, then are all deed. 15And therfore dyed he for all, that they which lyue, shulde not hence forth lyue vnto them selues, but vnto him, which dyed for them and rose agayne.

16Therfore hence forth knowe we noman after ye flesh: and though we haue knowne Christ also after the flesh, yet knowe we him now so nomore. 17Therfore yf eny man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Olde thinges are past awaye, beholde, all are become new. 18Neuertheles all thinges are off God, which hath reconcyled vs vnto himselfe by Iesus Christ, and hath geuen vs the office to preach the attonement. 19For God was in Christ, and reconcyled the worlde vnto himselfe, and counted not ther synnes vnto them, and amonge vs hath he set vp the worde of ye attonemet.

20Now the are we messaungers in the rowme of Christ, euen as though God exhorted by vs. We beseke you now therfore in Christes steade, that ye be at one with God: 21for he hath made him which knewe no synne, to be synne for vs, yt we by his meanes shulde be that righteousnes, which before God is alowed.

Coverdale Bible of 1535

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

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