“For we know that when this tent we live in – our body here on earth – is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last for ever”.
2 Cor 5:1 GNB
We all want to know what happens when we die. And we all believe that we somehow go to God, link with the great company of Christian believers, and will be re-united with our loved ones.
Paul had previously spoken about resurrection in and like Christ, and “the rich and glorious eternal life that awaits the faithful servant of Christ”. Here he develops his teaching on this subject further. “He now restates that hope of an eternal home, and then considers how he may receive that gift. He says, ‘we know’, i.e. know with the solid assurance of faith, he indicates that this is no new teaching which the Corinthians now hear for the first time. He probably expected his own physical death before the end of the age, and seems to have been willing that this should occur. The idea of a future home with God is paramount. He begins by contrasting the present, fragile, temporary earthly tent we live in with the more durable, eternal building or house which will come to us as a gift from God at the last day. The reference to the earthly body as a tent dwelling brings out the inferior, insecure, and transient nature of the present life. The more permanent building will be a ‘spiritual body’, not made with human hands or of human origin, but God’s good gift to his people to fit them for life in the coming kingdom” (F.V. Filson, The Interpreter’s Bible, Vol 10, p326).
Lord, help me to prepare for my eternal home in heaven.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, bless all Christian ministers as they prepare to lead their people in worship tomorrow. Guide them as they try to relate the gospel message to the context in which their people are trying to pick their way. Help them to use whatever medium they are working with effectively and imaginatively. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN