“When We Strike the Tents and Head for Home”

October 27, 2019

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2 Corinthians 5:1-4 says: “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.” (ESV) The part time tentmaker, best known as the Apostle Paul, depicts our earthly bodies as tents. Our aging and diminishing bodies are temporary housing for our souls. But the blood-bought children of God will one day be given spiritual housing that will be far superior to these temporary abodes. John Wesley said, “This earthly body is slow and heavy in all its motions, listless and soon tired with action. But our heavenly bodies shall be as fire; as active and as nimble as our thoughts are.” As our bodies age, we long for the permanent versions. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 ices the cake: “It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.” (NLT) Therefore we place our hope in what God has promised and we do so through every ache and pain and groan…

Bible References

  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 18
  • 2 Corinthians 5:1 - 10
  • Philippians 3:20 - 21
  • 1 Corinthians 15:42 - 44
  • 1 Corinthians 15:54 - 55