He is willing to leave his earthly mansion, to be with the
Lord. His charity for the Corinthians.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved,
that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
2 For in this also we groan, desiring to be clothed over with our habitation,
which is from heaven.
3 *If so that we may be found clothed, not naked.
4 For we also, who are in this tabernacle, do groan, being burthened: because
we would not be unclothed, but clothed over, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now he that maketh us for this very thing, is God, who hath given us
the pledge, of the Spirit.
6 Therefore, having always confidence, knowing that, while we are in the
body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, and not by sight)
8 We are confident, and have a good will to be absent rather from the body,
and to be present with the Lord.
9 And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.
10 *For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every
one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.
11 Knowing, therefore, the fear of the Lord, we persuade men: but to God
we are manifest. And I trust also that in your consciences we are manifest.
12 We commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory
in our behalf: that you may have somewhat to answer them who glory in face, and not in heart.
13 For whether we be transported in mind, it is to God: or whether
we be sober, it is for you.
14 For the charity of Christ presseth us: judging this, that if one died
for all, then all were dead.
15 And Christ died for all: that they also, who live, may not now live
to themselves, but to him, who died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore, henceforth we know no man according to the flesh. And if
we have known Christ according to the flesh: but now we know him so no longer.
17 If then any be in Christ a new creature: the old things are passed away:
*behold all things are made new.
18 But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself, by Christ:
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
19 For God indeed was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not
imputing to them their sins, and he hath placed in us the word of reconciliation.
20 We are, therefore, ambassadors for Christ, God as it were exhorting
by us. For Christ, we beseech you, be ye reconciled to God.
21 Him, who knew no sin, he hath made sin for us, that we might be made
the justice of God in him.
3: Apocalypse xvi. 15.
10: Romans xiv. 10.
17: Isaias xliii. 19.; Apocalypse xxi. 5.