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2 Corinthians 5 - Easy To Read Version

Awaiting the New Body

1. We know that \{our body\}—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be a home made by men. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever.

2. But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home.

3. It will clothe us and we will not be naked.

4. While we live in this tent (body), we have burdens and we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent (body). But we want to be clothed \{with our heavenly home\}. Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life.

5. This is what God made us for. And he has given us the Spirit {\cf2\super [20]} to be a guarantee—a proof \{that he will give us this new life\}.

6. So we always have courage (confidence). We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord.

7. We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.

8. So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord.

9. Our only goal is to please God. We want to please him when we are living here \{in our body\} or there \{with the Lord\}.

10. We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each person will get what he should. Each person will be paid for the things he did—good or bad—when he lived in the earthly body.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11. We know what it means to fear the Lord. So we try to help people accept the truth. God knows what we really are. And I hope that in your hearts you know us too.

12. We are not trying to prove ourselves to you again. But we are telling you about ourselves. We are giving you reasons to be proud of us. Then you will have an answer for those people who are proud about things that can be seen. Those people don’t care about what is in a person’s heart.

13. If we are crazy, then it is for God. If we have our right mind, then it is for you.

14. The love of Christ controls us. Why? Because we know that One (Christ) has died for all people. So all have died.

15. Christ died for all people so that the people who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that those people would live for him.

16. That is why we never become weak. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day.

17. We have small troubles for a while now, but those troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than the troubles.

18. So we think about the things we cannot see, not what we see. The things we see continue only a short time. And the things we cannot see will continue forever.

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