14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that (A)if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, (B)that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

16 (C)Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, (D)yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone (E)is in Christ, he is (F)a new creation; (G)old things have passed away; behold, all things have become (H)new. 18 Now all things are of God, (I)who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that (J)God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [a]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are (K)ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For (L)He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become (M)the righteousness of God in Him.

Marks of the Ministry

We then, as (N)workers together with Him also (O)plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says:

(P)“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

(Q)We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves (R)as ministers of God: in much [b]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, (S)in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by [c]sincere love, (T)by the word of truth, by (U)the power of God, by (V)the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and (W)yet well known; (X)as dying, and behold we live; (Y)as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many (Z)rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:19 reckoning
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:4 endurance
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:6 Lit. unhypocritical