Paul Details the Assurance of our Resurrection with Christ Part 1
2 Corinthians 5:1-4 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. KJV
Paul concluded the last chapter on such a great high giving testimony of he and us looking beyond our temporary sufferings (either physical due to sickness and persecutions or emotional/spiritual due to sin and satan) endured in these earthen vessels made from the dust of the earth to the indescribable glory we will have and experience forever with Christ in our new glorified body’s immune and secure against sin, sickness, and satan. Paul now begins to detail for the Corinthian believers and for us the absolute assurance we have “in Christ” in obtaining resurrection from the dead and our new glorified bodies. Paul declares that we who are certain of our standing “in Christ” know or eido meaning to perceive or discern and to understand by way of examination and experience that at the moment our frail and weak physical body is dissolved or kataluo meaning demolished, destroyed, torn down, and dies, we (our spirit and soul) will be immediately and instantaneously united with the glorified supernatural body made and reserved just for each one of us uniquely. Our earthly body is merely the tent, tabernacle, or temple that houses the real us made in the image of God our spirit and soul. Our spirit being the life giver to our earthly body as our Lord Jesus attested to by His Own words when He said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). Our soul is the unique part of us that distinguishes us from any other being in God’s Universe or Universes.
Everyone who is joined to our Lord Jesus Christ wrestles with the inward longing of wanting to throw off this weak and decaying physical body and be freed from all of its weaknesses physical, emotional, and spiritual and be united with the One (Jesus Christ our Lord) we long for as the Apostle Peter declares with these words, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:3-9). We groan in this flesh because we long to be with Christ Jesus our Lord and be made just like Him and we groan because we hate the weakness of this flesh, as our Lord Jesus reminded the early disciples and us with these words, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). This English word weak our Lord Jesus used here is translated by the Greek word asthenes an adjective which means strength less or without strength, feeble, sick, and powerless literally, figuratively, and morally.
This body for us is an encumbrance or obstruction that impedes and is burdensome to our walk and intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ as also the writer of Hebrews warned us about and encouraged us to fight against with these words as we remember those who have gone before us in this walk of faith, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Paul writes that it is our “earnest desire” or epipotheo a verb or action word meaning to yearn or long for, lust after in a good sense, and intensely craving this weak body to be removed from our spirit and soul. Paul declares that this “earnest desire” or epipotheo of being lifted out of this physical habitation our earthly body is not because we despise it in its form, for we know that it is God’s gift to us for living here on the earth, but it is due to the fact that we want the new immortal, incorruptible, and indestructible habitation that is completely and totally void of all sinful temptations and painful diseases as Paul already wrote to them at the end of his first epistle or letter with these words, “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55).
“This mortal life is a pilgrimage, and our body is a tent, so slight, so transitory, so easily taken down; but what does it matter, since there is awaiting us a mansion prepared by God? Often in this veil of flesh we groan. It cages us, anchors us down to earth, hampers us with its needs, obstructs our vision, and becomes the medium of temptation. How good it would be if our physical body could be suddenly transmuted into the glorified ethereal body which should be like the resurrection body of our Lord! It would be sweet to escape the wrench of death. But if not, then through death we shall carry with us the germ of the glorified body. That which shall be quickened will first die, but God will give it a body as it shall please Him.” F. B. Meyer
“The earthly house of this tent does not merely define the composition, but also the whole relations and capacities of that to which it refers. The ‘tent’ is ‘earthly’, not merely because, to use a kindred metaphor, it is a ‘building of clay,’ but because, by all its capacities, it belongs to, corresponds with, and is fitted only for, this lower order of things, the seen and the perishable. And, on the other hand, the ‘mansion’ is in ‘the heavens,’ even whilst the future tenant is a nomad in his tent. That is so, because the power which can create that future abode is ‘in the heavens.’ It is so called in order to express the security in which it is kept for those who shall one day enter upon it. And it is so, further, to express the order of things with which it brings its dwellers into contact. ‘Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.’ That future home of the spirit will be congruous with the region in which it dwells; fitted for the heavens in which it is now preserved. And thus the two contrasts-adapted to the perishable, and itself perishable, belonging to the eternal and itself incorruptible-are the two which loom largest before the Apostle’s mind.” Alexander MacLaren
“The weakness of our human flesh and old nature (even though we be regenerated and born again) is a constant source and cause for groaning (Romans 8:23) within our hearts or inner man as we long for the day when we will be completely perfected in our spirit, soul, and glorified body.” Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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