Therefore, knowing 15the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But 16what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
1217We are not commending ourselves to you again but 18giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart.
For if we 19are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
For the love of Christ 20controls us, because we have concluded this: that 21one has died for all, therefore all have died;
and he died for all, 22that those who live might no longer live for themselves but 23for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, 24we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is 25in Christ, he is 26a new creation.b27 The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
All this is from God, 28who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us 29the ministry of reconciliation;
that is, in Christ God was reconcilingc the world to himself, 30not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us 31the message of reconciliation.
Therefore, 32we are ambassadors for Christ, 33God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2134For our sake he made him to be sin 35who knew no sin, so that in him we might become 36the righteousness of God.