We Don’t Give Up
4[1-12] So seeing that we’ve been given this ministry by the mercy of Christ, we don’t give up; But we’ve given up the secret ways of dishonesty, not being tricky, nor handling the Word of God falsely; but by clearly stating the truth entrusting ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our New Word is covered, only those who are lost can’t see it: The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, unless the light of the amazing New Word of Christ, who is the picture of God, shines on them. And we don’t preach about ourselves, but Yeshua the Christ as being God; and ourselves your workers for Yeshua’s sake. And God, who told the light to shine out of the darkness, has shined in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the victory of God in the face of Yeshua the Christ. But this wealth of knowledge is kept in human beings, so that others can know that this great power is of God, and not us. And though we’re troubled from all sides, still we’re not greatly upset; We’re confused, but not hopeless; Mistreated, but not abandoned; pushed down, but not broken; We’re always suffering the dying of Christ Yeshua in our human bodies, so that the life of Christ might also be known in our human bodies. And we who live are always giving ourselves up for dead for Yeshua’ sake, so that the life of Yeshua also might be known in our human bodies. So then death is working in us, so that life can work in you.
[13-18] And having the same spirit of faith, just like the Word says, I believed, and so I speak; we also believe, and we speak; Knowing that Yahweh God, who brought back Christ Yeshua, will also raise us up by Yeshua, and will offer us, along with you. And everything is for your sakes, that the amazing grace, having come to many people, would let their thanksgiving overflow in the praise of God. And so we don’t give up; but though our outward lives are destroyed, still the inward life is renewed each and every day. And our suffering, which lasts only a little while, gives us a victory that far outlasts anything we go through now; So we don’t look at the things which we see, but at the things which we don’t see, because the things which are seen are only temporary; but the things which aren’t seen will last forever.
The Judgment Seat of Christ
5[1-10] And we know that if our earthly body that we live in were to be destroyed, we have a heavenly body in God, which isn’t like our human bodies, but will last forever in heaven. But in this one we cry, actively hoping to be clothed with our heavenly one: So if it’s true that we’re clothed, we won’t be without it. And though we that are in this body cry, being greatly troubled: not that we want to be unclothed, but clothed with our heavenly body, so that our human body might be completely covered with life. Now the One who has created us for this same reason is God, who has also given to us the Spirit as proof. So we’re always sure, knowing that, while we’re in our bodies, we’re separated from God, but because we walk by faith, and not by sight, we’re sure, I say, instead to even be willing to leave this body to be with God. So we work, that, whether here or there, we can be accepted by God, because we all have to appear at the judgment seat of Christ; so that everyone can get back what they’re owed for the things they did in their body, whether it was good or bad.
[11-16] So knowing the fear of God, we try to change the minds of others; and though it’s clear to God who we are; I trust also that in your consciences we are made clear. And we don’t approve of ourselves again to you, but we want to give you a chance to be proud of us, that you can have something to answer those who take pride in appearances, but not in the heart. And if we’re crazy, it’s for God’s sake: or if we use good sense, it’s for your sake, because the love of Christ makes us believe that if One died for all, then all are dead: And that One died for all, so that those who live wouldn’t ever live for themselves again, but for the One who died for them, and rose again. So now, we see no one as they are in the body: and yes, though we’ve known Christ in the body, still now we don’t know the Christ that way any more.
[17-21] So then, if anyone is in Christ, they’re a new creature: putting their old ways in the past, until everything becomes new to them. And we are brought back to God, who has done all this by Yeshua, the Christ, and has given to us the ministry of bringing others back to God; That is, that Yahweh God was in Christ Yeshua, bringing the world back to a relationship with God, not counting their sins against them; and has trusted to us the Word, which brings others back to God. Now then, we’re spokespersons for Christ, and as though God was begging you through us: we beg you in Christ’s stead, to come back to God, who has made Christ to be sin for us, who knew no sin; so that we might become the goodness of God through Christ.
Being Patient Survivors
6[1-10] We then, as workers together with Christ, beg you also that you don’t accept the grace of God without purpose. God says, “I’ve heard you at just the right time, and in the day you were saved I have helped you”: so now is the right time; now is the day to be saved. We try not to offend anyone in anything, so that the ministry won’t be blamed: But in everything we approve of ourselves as the ministers of God, being patient survivors in our troubles, in our needs, in our suffering, in our beatings, in our imprisonments, in our chaos, in our work, in our willingness to go without sleep and food; By our purity of heart, by our knowledge, by our patience, by our kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by our heartfelt love, by the Word of Truth, by the power of God, by the protective covering of goodness which surrounds us, in honor and dishonor, in bad news and good news: as misleaders, and yet true; as unknown, yet still well known; as dying, yet still living; as punished, yet not killed; As sorrowful, yet always with joy; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet still possessing everything.
Have Hearts filled with Love and Separate from the Ungodly
[11-18] You Corinthians, we speak clearly to you, and our hearts are filled with love for you. You aren’t kept from loving by us, but you’re kept from loving in your own souls. Now return our love to us, (I speak as to my children,) be heart-filled also. And don’t come together with unbelievers, unmatched, because what can goodness have to do with ungodliness? And how can light blend with darkness? And what agreement has Christ made with Satan? Or what does one who believes have to do with an unbeliever? And how can God’s place of worship be filled with the worship of other things? And it’s your own innermost soul, which is the place of worship of the living God; as God has said, I’ll live in them, and be active in them; and I’ll be their God, and they’ll be my people. So come out from among the ungodly people, and separate yourselves from them, says Yahweh God, and don’t touch anything that’s evil; and I’ll accept you, and I’ll be like a parent to you, and care for you as my sons and daughters, says the Almighty Yahweh God.
Cleanse Ourselves Before God with Godly Sorrow
7[1-8] So having these promises, dear loved ones, let’s cleanse ourselves from everything filthy, in both the body and the spirit, making ourselves completely clean in the fear of God. Accept us, because we’ve wronged no one, we’ve ruined no one; we’ve taken advantage of no one. I don’t speak this to accuse you, because I’ve already said to you, that our hearts are filled with love for you, whether we die or live for you. I speak to you without fear, and my hopeful pride in you is great: My heart is filled with comfort; I’m very joyful even in all our troubles. And when we had come into Macedonia, we had no rest, and we were troubled everywhere; outside were fightings, and inside were fears. But even so, God, who comforts those that are put down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; And not by that only, but by the comfort that he was comforted in you, when he told us of your great hope, your sorrowful crying, your great concern for me; so that I was even more joyful. And though I hurt you with my letter, I’m not sorry for writing it, though I am sorry, realizing that the letter hurt you, though it was only for a little while.
[9-16] Now I am full of joy, not that you were sorrowful, but that you were sorry enough to change your life because you were sorrowful in a godly way, so that you weren’t really hurt by us in any way. And you can’t be sorry for the godly sorrow that changed your life and helped you to be saved: but the kind of sorrow brought by the world only brings a hopeless death. See for yourselves what I’m saying; how that you sorrowed in a godly way, in order to make you truly caring; Yes, look how you tried to clear yourselves; Yes, look at the anger you had; Yes, look at the fear you had; Yes, look at your longing to see me; Yes, look at the passion you had; And yes, what justice you wanted! In all this you’ve cleared yourselves of wrongdoing in this matter. So even though I wrote to you, I didn’t do it for the one who had done the wrong, nor for the ones who had suffered wrongs, but so that our care for you in the sight of God might be seen by you. So we were comforted in your comfort: and yes, had even more joy for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was awakened by you all. So if I’ve said anything prideful to him about you, I’m not ashamed; but as we spoke everything to you in truth, even so our prideful bragging, which I made to Titus, is the truth. And he has more love for you, because he knows how you all accepted him, how with fear and trembling you truly accepted him. And now I celebrate because I can trust you in everything.