Know

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. 2 Corinthians 5:1

Please read 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10 today. The chapter break falls in an unfortunate place in this letter. (As you may realize, chapters and verses were added to aid us in our reading and study. They are very helpful, but if we are not careful, they can keep us from following the flow of thought.) Paul continues to defend his ministry to the church in Corinth, especially to those in opposition to him. He makes clear that suffering in this life is to be expected and that the strength from and presence of God in his life, amid suffering, makes the message all the more powerful, and actually validate his call. In what we call the end of chapter four, Paul reminds his readers that we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen. This is what it means to live by faith. As we begin chapter five, he explains what it is that is unseen. The things we see are transient—temporary. The things that are unseen are eternal. But most interesting is the way he begins to speak about the eternal dwelling that we look forward to. He says that we know we have an eternal dwelling waiting for the moment when this earthly home—this tent—is destroyed. In Christ, we know this to be true, and knowing is what allows us to look at what it unseen. We are so certain of it because of the faithfulness of God to the promises he has made. It is not a wish or a blind hope, but an assurance of an eternal home with God. Paul helps us see that we should not be inappropriately concerned with this transient home, but rather, the home we know awaits us in the presence of God, away from the sufferings of this world. Do you know you have a heavenly home waiting for you? Have you believed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?