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Our Lives in this world are all temporary. In 2 Corinthians 5 Paul pictures our bodies as tents. This is a great picture from Paul the tentmaker. He may have had bedouins in mind, moving every day with the sparse grass across the desert. He may have been thinking of sojourners traveling to a new city. What comes to my mind is a camping trip. A tent is not permanent. Look with me at these first five verses of 2 Corinthians 5.
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”
Even though our bodies are temporary, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us guarantees something far better that is yet to come.
We look forward to A Resurrected Body.
If you have it in your mind that heaven will be a bodiless, timeless, ethereal existence where you sit on a cloud and strum a medieval harp, you are missing the promises of the Bible. We don't long to be naked spirits. Our longing is to be bodies that are raised again like Jesus. In Luke 24:39 Jesus invited His disciples to touch His resurrected body, saying “Does a ghost have flesh and Bones?” In verse 41 He asks His disciples if they have anything to eat. They give Him some fish, and He eats it in front of them. I don't know about you, but I am convinced the Marriage Feast of the Lamb will be a wonderful meal.
Actually, the hope of Christianity goes beyond heaven. Our hope is the resurrection of our bodies. And even before that takes place, This promise brings us to the renewal of our minds. Paul begins this passage with the words, “We know.” Do you know?
We look forward to A Resurrected World.
Revelation 20 promises us a completely restored Earth where we will reign for a thousand years. But Revelation 21 goes beyond that. God will make a new Heaven and a new Earth where no unrighteousness can dwell.
We look forward to A Resurrected Life.
We look forward to a new Earth and a new universe where we will have new lives. This will be a life of joy. God will have wiped away every tear. This will be a life of purpose. We don't know a great deal about what our lives will be like in the new Heaven and Earth. But we know we will live in the purpose of God. This will be a life of eternal meaning and fulfillment.
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”