1 For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2 And, in fact, we groan in this one, longing to put on our house from heaven, 3 since, when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4Indeed, we who are in this tent groan, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. 6 Therefore, though we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord- 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight- 8 yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
We all know that we have the promise of life with Christ after we die, however we cannot totally understand what that is going to look like. We just know that it is a promise from God and Christ tells us it is more beautiful, more magnificent than we could ever imagine. A paradise where there is no pain, no sorrow, no death, no evil, does that not sound glorious to you? Paul says here that we do not want to be unclothed but clothed so that mortality may be swallowed up by life. In other words we want to be perfect before God so that when we die we will live again in the resurrection. However, we are all groaning in this life because we know that we can not live according to His standards, whether we are at home or away we try our best to be pleasing to Him because we know that we are going to stand before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for our deeds, both good and evil.
This to anyone who does not know the Good News of Christ would see this as devastating news, however we who know Christ, we who have a relationship with the Savior know that He has taken our sin from us. We know that Christ gave up everything, even His throne and crown to come and live among us, to live as we live, to hunger, to feel pain and sorrow, to suffer at the hands of His creation and die a horrible death on a cross. To die and be buried in a tomb for three days, to rise again and teach us for forty days more, then to raise into Heaven and be seated at the right hand of the Father. Christ experienced all this in order to take our sin from us, Christ lived our lives so that He can intercede for us with the Father. Christ knew we could not on our own contain our sinful nature, so He sent us His Holy Spirit and as Paul says here, “as a down payment.”(v.5) A down payment for our very lives for all that have faith in Him, for all that believe this news of the Gospel, that Christ loves us and paid a high price for us. Then when our tents (bodies) here are destroyed we will have a building (new bodies), these new buildings are from God, they are not made of hands but are built for all of eternity in the Heavens, with our Loving Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.