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2 Corinthians 5

The Temporal and Eternal

1For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our [immortal, eternal] celestial dwelling, so that by putting it on we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened [often weighed down, oppressed], not that we want to be unclothed [separated by death from the body], but to be clothed, so that what is mortal [the body] will be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection]. Now He who has made us and prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the [Holy] Spirit as a pledge [a guarantee, a down payment on the fulfillment of His promise].

So then, being always filled with good courage and confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— we are [as I was saying] of good courage and confident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the [a]judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or [b]bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].

11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]. But we are plainly known to God [He knows everything about us]; and I hope that we are plainly known also in your consciences [your God-given discernment]. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an occasion to be [rightfully] proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in [outward] appearances [the virtues they pretend to have] rather than what is [actually] in heart. 13 If we are out of our mind [just unstable fanatics as some critics say], it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit. 14 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:10 Gr bema (a step). A raised area reached by steps, used as the official seat of a judge.
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:10 Or inferior.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哥林多后书 5

天上的房屋

1我们知道,我们的身体好比是地上的帐篷,如果毁坏了,我们就从上帝那里得到一个住处,不是人手造的,而是天上永恒的“房屋”。 我们在这地上的“帐篷”里叹息,渴望早日迁进那天上的“房屋”,好像更换衣服一样。 我们一旦穿上新衣,就不会赤身露体了。 我们在这“帐篷”里劳苦叹息,并非想脱去这地上的身体,而是切望能穿上那天上的新身体,让永恒的生命吞灭必朽的身体。 是上帝为此目的预备了我们,并赐给了我们圣灵作担保。

所以,我们总是坦然无惧,尽管知道住在肉身之内便无法与主在一起。 因为我们行事为人,是凭对上帝的信心,不是凭眼见。 是的,我们坦然无惧,甚至更乐意离开身体,回到天家与主相聚。 因此,我们立定心志,无论是住在肉身之内还是离开肉身,都要取悦主。 10 因为我们所有的人都要出现在基督的审判台前,好按照各人在肉身之时所行的善恶接受赏罚。

劝人与上帝和好

11 我们知道主是当受敬畏的,所以劝人归信祂。我们的内心如何,上帝知道,我盼望你们的良心也知道。 12 我们不是称赞自己,而是让你们有机会以我们为荣,叫你们可以反驳那些只贪图外表虚荣、不注重内在实质的人。 13 如果我们疯狂,那是为了上帝;如果我们清醒,那是为了你们。 14 因为基督的爱激励我们,因为我们确信:基督一人既代替所有的人死了,所有的人就都死了。 15 祂为众人死,是要叫那些活着的人不再为自己活,而是要为替他们死而复活的基督活。

16 从今以后,我们不再以貌取人了,虽然我们曾这样看待基督,现在却不再这样看待祂了。 17 若有人在基督里,他就是新造的人,旧事已过,看啊,一切都更新了。 18 这一切都是上帝的作为,祂借着基督使我们与祂和好,又把劝人与祂和好的职分赐给了我们。 19 也就是说,上帝在基督里使世人与自己和好,不再追究他们的过犯。祂已托付我们去传扬这和好之道。 20 所以我们现在是基督的大使,可以说上帝正借着我们发出呼求。我们替基督恳求你们:要与上帝和好! 21 上帝使无罪的基督担当我们的罪,使我们可以借着基督成为被上帝接纳的义人。