That after death of the body the soule may goe to heauen: therfore, although naturally we
abhorre death, by grace he desireth it rather: 9. in consideration of Christes iust
iudgement, liuing as in the sight of God, yea and of their consciences: 12. Which he speaketh not
to praise himself, but because of his Aduersaries who did glorie in carnal respects: but he and the
other Apostles regard nothing but their reconcilliation vnto God by Christ, and to reconcile others
also, as being his Legates fore that purpose.
1. FOR we know that if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolued, that we haue a building of God, a house not made with hand, eternal in Heauen.
2. For in this also doe we grone, desirous to be ouer-clothed with our habitation that is from Heauen:
3. yet so, if we be found clothed, not naked.
4. For we also that are in this tabernacle, grone being burdned: because we would not be spoiled, but ouer-clothed, that that which is mortal might be swallowed vp of life.
5. And he that maketh vs of this same, is God, who hath giuen vs the pledge of the Spirit.
6. Being bold therfore alwaies, and knowing that while we are in the body, we are pilgrimes from God,
7. (for we walke be faith and not by sight)
8. but we are bold, and haue a good wil to be pilgrimes rather from the body, & to be present with our Lord.
9. And therfore we endeauour, whether absent or present, to please him.
10. For we must al be manifested before the iudgement seat of Christ, that euery one may receiue the proper things of the body, according as he hath done either good or euil.
11. Knowing thefore the feare of our Lord we vse persuasion to men: but to God we are manifest.
12. And I hope also that in your consciences we are manifest.
13. We commend not our selues againe to you, but giue you occasion to glorie for vs: that you may haue against them that glorie in face, and not in hart.
14. For whether we exceed in mind, to God: or whether we be sober, to you.
15. For the charitie of Christ vrgeth vs; iudging this, that if one died for al, then al were dead.
16. And Christ died for al: that they also which liue, may not now liue to themselues, but to him that died for them and rose againe.
17. Therfore we from hence-forth know no man according to the flesh. And if we haue knowen Christ according to the flesh: but now we know him no more.
18. If then any be in Christ a new creature: the old are passed, behold al things are made new.
19. But al of God, who hath reconciled vs to himself by Christ: and hath giuen vs the ministerie of reconcilliation.
20. For God indeed was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing to them their sinnes, and hath put in vs the word of reconcilliation.
21. For Christ therfore we are Legates, God as it were exhorting by vs. For Christ we beseech you, be reconciled to God.
22. Him that knew no sinne, for vs he made sinne: that we might be made the iustice of God in him.