Written by Tony Anderson
2 Corinthians 5:1–5: For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Paul is telling the Corinthians the difference between the temporary things that are seen and eternal things that are not seen. Paul says as Christians we know what the world beyond is like. Paul is likening our bodies as tents. If our tent is destroyed, then we have a place in heaven to dwell eternally.
Jesus tells of this place. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2) Earnestly desiring our heavenly bodies, we are groaning and realizing that we are desiring to have a perfect, resurrected, body.
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54-55)
Prayer: “Loving Father, in Jesus you gave the life of your Son for my life, and He died my death. You accepted his sacrifice and raised him to new life with you. Thank You Father that I am granted, to die with him, and made new by the Holy Spirit and that we live in the abundance of Your divine Grace in Your presence now and forever. In Jesus’ Name Amen!!!”