For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture speaks of our “earthly tent” which of course is our body. It then speaks of our “earthly tent” being torn down which of course is death. We enter this world in a human body at birth which declines over the course of our lives with death being the natural result in the end. This is “the cycle of life” and none of us are immune to it during the course of our stay in this world. The human body is “seen” and “temporal,” but the person who dwells within is “unseen” and “eternal.” We look at someone and say, “oh, there you are,” but in reality, the real person is inside, “unseen” and “eternal.”
This is the first of three “realities of eternity” that help to temper the “realities of life.” “Affliction” and “decline” are facts of human life. Their impact takes a toll, but no matter how great the decline and no matter how severe the frailty, there remains a whole and complete person dwelling within. No matter how limited functioning in and connecting with the outside world becomes, a wonderful and eternal person still dwells within. When their “earthly tent” is at last “torn down” and they are released from their failed body, the whole, complete, and wonderful person they are becomes free forever from all limitations and restrictions.
For the believer in Christ this is an amazing prospect particularly when we see it in connection with the second of our three “realities of eternity.” Our passage says, “if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” The prospect of a person being freed from a failed body means little if it does not also mean that they are free to dwell forever in the beauty and glory of an eternal home in heaven. Our destination is heaven and our passage describes the transition in this way, “what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.” Our passage also says, “He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.” Life in heaven is our destiny and life here on earth is truly just a stepping stone.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for helping me to see a little more clearly that which is “unseen” and “eternal.” It really helps temper what I am going through. I want to go forward embracing the “cycle of life” and letting you improve my quality of life now in the face of eternity and all it will mean for me someday. Amen!
Posted on Thu, August 11, 2016
by Ken Hart