Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade people, but we are well known to God; and I hope that we are also well known in your consciences.
We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are
giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer
for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.
For if we have lost our minds, it is
for God; if we are of sound mind, it is
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one by the flesh; even though we have known Christ by the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is
a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Now all these
things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrongdoings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.