2 Corinthians Chapter 5
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 That in his assured hope of immortall glorie, 9 and in expectance of it, and of the generall iudgement, hee laboureth to keepe a good conscience, 12 not that he may herein boast of himselfe, 14 but as one that hauing receiued life from Christ, indeuoureth to liue as a new creature to Christ onely, 18 and by his ministery of reconciliation to reconcile others also in Christ to God.
For we know, that if our earthly house of this Tabernacle were dissolued, wee haue a building of God, an house not made with hand, eternall in the heauens.
For in this we grone earnestly, desiring to be clothed vpō with our house, which is from heauen.
If so be that being clothed we shal not be found naked.
For, we that are in this tabernacle, doe grone, being burdened, not for that wee would bee vnclothed, but clothed vpon, that mortalitie might bee swallowed vp of life.
Now he þt hath wrought vs for the selfe same thing, is God, who also hath giuen vnto vs the earnest of the spirit.
Therefore we are alwayes confident, knowing that whilest wee are at home in the body, wee are absent from the Lord.
(For we walke by faith, not by sight.)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.9
For we must all appeare before the iudgement seat of Christ, that euery one may receiue the things done in his body, according to that hee hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terrour of the Lord, we perswade men; but we are made manifest vnto God, & I trust also, are made manifest in your consciences.
For we commend not our selues againe vnto you, but giue you occasion to glory on our behalfe, that you may haue somewhat to answere them, which glory in appearance, and not in heart.12
For whether wee bee besides our selues, it is to God: or whether we bee sober, it is for your cause.
For the loue of Christ constreineth vs, because wee thus iudge: that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And that he died for all, that they which liue, should not hencefoorth liue vnto themselues, but vnto him which died for them, and rose againe.
Wherefore hencefoorth know we no man, after the flesh: yea, though we haue knowen Christ after the flesh, yet now hencefoorth knowe wee him no more.
Therfore if any man be in Christ, hee is a new creature: old things are past away, behold, al things are become new.17
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled vs to himselfe by Iesus Christ, and hath giuen to vs the ministery of reconciliation,
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world vnto himselfe, not imputing their trespasses vnto them, and hath committed vnto vs the word of reconciliation.19
Now then we are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by vs; we pray you in Christs stead, that be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sinne for vs, who knewe no sinne, that wee might bee made the righteousnesse of God in him.
2 Corinthians Chapter 5 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
9 Or, indeuour.
12 Gr. in the face.
17 Or, let him be. , Esa.43.19 reuel.21.5.
19 Gr. put in vs.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania