on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit,
based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God that was entrusted to me.
Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this?
But their minds were closed. For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it is set aside [only] in Christ.
At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants.
For to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is God's power.
The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,
and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. [They perish] because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,