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of Christ, who is the image of God, shineth not in them : 5 for, we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants, for Jesus' sake : 6 for it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, that hath shined in our hearts; to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the person of Christ. 7 And we have this treasure in our earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be God's, and not our own. 8 Though troubled on every side, yet we are not distressed; though perplexed, yet not in despair; 9 though persecuted, yet not forsaken; though cast down, yet not destroyed; 10 always bearing about with us in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. 11 For we, while we live, are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our deadened flesh : 12 so that death worketh in us, but life in you : 13 and having the same spirit of faith, as is written, “I be“lieved, and therefore I have “spoken;” we also believe, and therefore we speak; 14 knowing, that he who raised Jesus, will raise us also with
Jesus, and establish us together with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes; that the grace which aboundeth to you may, through the thanksgiving of many, redound to the glory of God: 16 wherefore, we faint not; but, though our outward manhood perish, yet our inward is renewing day by day: 17 for our present light affliction, worketh for us a perpetually increasing and eternal weight of glory; 18 while we look, not to the things that are seen, but to those which are not seen: for, the things which are seen, are temporary, but the things which are not seen, are eternal.
OR we know, that when our earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; 2 and for this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our house which is from heaven; 3 if, indeed, we shall be found clothed, not naked : 4 for, while we are in this tabernacle, we groan, from being burdened: not that we wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed upon, that our mortal part may be swallowed up by life:
c. v. l.
l's, cvi. 10.
c. iv. 7.
Rom. viii. 23.
Rev. iii. 12; and xvi. 15.
5 and, he who hath wrought us for this very end, is God, who hath given to us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore, we are always encouraged; knowing that, while we dwell in the body, we are absent from the Lord :
7 (for we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 and are encouraged, and
Philipp. i. 2. desire rather to depart from
c. iii. 1.
the body, and to be present with the Lord : 9 wherefore we strive, that, whether present or absent, we may be well pleasing to him. 10 For, we must all be made manifest before the judgmentseat of Christ; that each may receive for his own deeds done in the body, according to those s which he hath done, whether *good or evil: 11 knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we would persuade men. 12 But, we have been made manifest to God; and, I hope, are made manifest also in your consciences: 13 we are not only commending ourselves to you again, but are also giving you an occasion to glory on our behalf; that ye may have wherewith to answer those who glory in countenance, but not in heart: 14 and, if we are beside our
selves, it is to God; or if we are sober, it is for you: 15 for, the love of Christ possesseth us, judging this, that one died for all; therefore, all were dead : 16 and, that he died for all, that they who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who died and rose for them : 17 so that, from henceforth we know no one according to the flesh : for, though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so Ilo more. 18 If, therefore, any one is in Christ, he is a new creation: the former things are passed away; behold, they are become new : 19 and all are from God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of the reconciliation, 20 namely, That God was reconciling the world to himself, in Christ, by not imputing to them their trespasses; and, that he hath committed to us the word of that reconciliation. 21 We, therefore, are ambassadors on behalf of Christ: as if God besought you by us, we beseech you, on behalf of Christ, Be ye reconciled to God: 22 who made him, who knew no sin, to be sin instead of us; that, in him, we may become the justification of God.
CHAPTER VI. O R K I N G, therefore,
together with him, we also beseech you, not to receive this grace of God in vain: 2 (for he saith, “In an ac“ceptable time I have heard “ thee, and in a day of salva“tion I have helped thee: be“hold, now is the acceptable “ time; behold, now is the “ day of salvation:”) 3 while we give no cause of stumbling, in any thing, that our ministry may not be blamed ; but commend ourselves, in all things, as ministers of God : 4 with much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses; 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by unfeigned love; 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of justification on the right hand and on the left; 8 by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, yet true; 9 as unknown, yet well known; as dying, yet, behold, we live; as chastened, yet not
ls. xlix. 8.
10 as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things. 11 Corinthians, our mouth is opened, our heart is enlarged, toward you : 12 ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections: 13 (I speak as to my children,) be ye also enlarged, to make an equal return. 14 Be not unduly yoked, with unbelievers; for, what fellowship hath justification with lawlessness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 and, what concord hath 1 cor...si.
Christ with Belial 2 or what part hath a believer with an unbeliever? 16 and, what agreement hath the sanctuary of God with that of idols for we are the ano tuary of the living God, as
God hath said, “I will dwell lev. xxviii.
“ in them, and walk in them; “ and I will be their God, and “ they shall be my people:
17 “wherefore, come out from Is. iii. 11.
“among them, and be ye se“parated, saith the Lord, and “ touch not that which is un“clean; and I will receive you, 18 “and I will be to you a “Father, and ye shall be to “me sons and daughters, saith “ the Lord Almighty.”
c. ii. 13.
CHAPTER VII. HAVING, therefore, these
promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Receive us with welcome; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have defrauded no one. 3 I speak not to condemn you: for I said before, that we have you in our hearts, both to die and to live with you. 4 Great is my boldness toward you; great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort; I overflow with joy, in all our tribulation : 5 for, when we came into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were harassed on every side; without were conflicts, within were fears: 6 but God, who comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the arrival of Titus: 7 and not by his arrival only; but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 8 And though, indeed, I grieved you by my letter, I do not regret it: 9 although I did regret it, when
I saw that that letter grieved you, though it was only for a season, yet I now rejoice; 10 not that ye were grieved, but that ye grieved to repentance: for ye grieved towards God, that in nothing ye might receive detriment from us: 11 for, grief towards God, worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the grief of the world worketh death. 12 For behold, this very grieving towards God, what earnestness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what emulation, yea, what vindication' in all things ye have proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 13 And, truly, when I wrote to you, I wrote not for his sake only that did the wrong, nor yet for his sake only that suffered the wrong; but, that our concern for you might be manifested to you, before God. 14 On this account we were comforted: but, in addition to that our comfort, we more exceedingly rejoiced for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was soothed by you all : 15 for, in whatever I boasted to him of you, I have not been shamed; but, as we spake all things to you in truth, so also
our boasting of you to Titus, is found to be truth,
16 and his affection toward you is more abundant, when he remembereth the obedience of you all, how ye received him with fear and trembling:
17 I rejoice, therefore, because I have confidence in you, in every thing.
ORE OVER, we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God which hath been bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 that in much trial of affliction, was the abundance of their joy; and that their deep poverty, abounded to the richness of their liberality: 3 for I bear them witness, that to their power, and beyond their power, they were willing of themselves; 4 beseeching of us, with much entreaty, the favour of a fellowship in the service of the saints. 5 And this they did, beyond our hope; first giving themselves to the Lord, and then to us, by the will of God: 6 so that we exhorted Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also perfect the same grace in you. 7 As, therefore, ye abound in every thing, in faith, and ut
terance, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 8 I say it not as a command; but, to prove the sincerity of your love, by the forwardness of others: 9 for ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes Philip.ii.57. he became poor; that through his poverty, ye might become rich : 10 but I give my opinion in this matter: for this is expedient for you, who not only have begun to do it, but were willing beforehand, even a year ago. 11 Now, therefore, accomplish the doing it; that, as ye had a readiness to will, so also ye may have to perform it, out of that which ye have: 12 for, if there be first a willing mind, the gift is accepted according to that which a man hath, and not according to that which he hath not. 13 For I intend not relief to others, and distress to you; but, by an equality: 14 that, at this present time, your abundance may be a supply for their want; and that their abundance may become a supply for your want : so that there may be an equality: 15 as it is written, “He that Exod xvi. 18. “ had gathered much, had no
c. ix. 2.