26 Aug. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

26 Aug. Paul compares a believer’s life to a tent

"We know that our body - the tent we live in here on earth - will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last for ever."

"But now we groan in this tent. We want God to give us our heavenly home, because it will clothe us so we will not be naked. While we live in this body, we have burdens and we groan. We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home."

"Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life. This is what God made for us, and he has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life."

"So we always have courage. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. We live by what we believe, not by what we can see. So I say that we have courage."

"We really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there, because we must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each of us will receive what we should get - good or bad - for the things we did in the earthly body."

          (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)



As a tentmaker himself, it's hardly surprising that Paul compares a believer’s present life to a tent – which is easily pulled down at the end of its life.

Paul has been moving around the Mediterranean world for twenty years, staying for a few days here and a few months there. He is probably thinking of the impermanence of his visits to each place when he compares life's journey to this nomadic experience.

In contrast, when we die, Paul looks forward to a permanent home. Paul rejoices that God will give us an eternal home in his own presence when believers are raised to bodily life again.

So, for the moment, we "groan in this tent" (2 Corinthians 5:2), worn out by life's burdens. But when we shake off this life, we will be "fully covered with life" in the eternal presence of God. (2 Corinthians 5:4)  And in the meantime, God "has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life." (2 Corinthians 5:5)

The photo shows tents at the Soul Survivor Christian festival for young people.

You can read more from 2 Corinthians @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/14…/how-god-changes-lives/

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