Fear of the Final
The Eternal Body – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
Please take note how the apostle starts his discussion of death: “For we know.”
The Bible wants us to have a confidence when we face death. Without Jesus there is no confidence, but as believers we face the final destiny with hope. This passage of scripture gives us some reasons believers should feel confident as we think of our death. The first reason is that God has made an eternal body for us. When we leave our present body, we receive a body built to last forever.
These verses assure us that we are not “spirits” floating around like movies depict. We have a brand new body, made by God Himself (2 Corinthians 5:1-3). The apostle speaks of our present bodies and all their frailties: “we groan and sigh.” Our present bodies are not made to last, they slow down, and sometimes, painfully, go back to dust. Those without Christ in them, cling to these bodies because they have nothing else to cling to. If you have Jesus, you can cling—by faith—to the hope of your inheritance in Christ. Paul wrote to remind us, “We live by believing and not by seeing” (2 Corinthians 5:7). We can’t see all that God has prepared for us, but we can trust that it is much better than our present experience.
The apostle repeats himself in verse eight: “Yes, we are fully confident.” If you have Jesus, live with confidence! (Continued)
Father, I will not fear my final days here on earth. In Jesus’s name, amen.