The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,(A) we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.(B) 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again,(C) but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us,(D) so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,”(E) as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.(F) 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves(G) but for him who died for them(H) and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly(I) point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,(J) the new creation(K) has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!(L) 18 All this is from God,(M) who reconciled us to himself through Christ(N) 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.(O) And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,(P) as though God were making his appeal through us.(Q) We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.(R) 21 God made him who had no sin(S) to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(T)

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

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

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

Paul’s Hardships

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path,(X) so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments(Y) and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;(Z) in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit(AA) and in sincere love;(AB) in truthful speech(AC) and in the power of God;(AD) with weapons of righteousness(AE) in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor,(AF) bad report(AG) and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;(AH) known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,(AI) and yet we live on;(AJ) beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;(AK) poor, yet making many rich;(AL) having nothing,(AM) and yet possessing everything.(AN)


  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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