17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,(A) the new creation(B) has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!(C) 18 All this is from God,(D) who reconciled us to himself through Christ(E) and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.(F) And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,(G) as though God were making his appeal through us.(H) We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.(I) 21 God made him who had no sin(J) to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(K)

As God’s co-workers(L) we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.(M) For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[c](N)

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.


  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation.
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Or be a sin offering
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:2 Isaiah 49:8

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