So then we, from now on, know no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him so no longer.
So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.
But all things are out from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Namely, that God in Christ was reconciling the world to Himself, not accounting their offenses to them, and has put in us the word of reconciliation.
On behalf of Christ then we are ambassadors, as God entreats you through us; we beseech you on behalf of Christ, Be reconciled to God.
Him who did not know sin He made sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
And working together with Him, we also entreat you not to receive the grace of God in vain;
For He says, "In an acceptable time I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'' Behold, now is the well-acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
We give no occasion of stumbling in anything that the ministry may not be faulted,
But in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;
In pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love,
In the word of truth, in the power of God; through the weapons of righteousness on the right and on the left,
Through glory and dishonor, through evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet true;
As unknown and yet well known; as dying and yet behold we live; as being disciplined and yet not being put to death;
As made sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.
Our mouth is opened to you, Corinthians; our heart is enlarged.
You are not constricted in us, but you are constricted in your inward parts.
But for a recompense in kind, I speak as to children, you also be enlarged.