Walking by faith through death to life!
Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Corinthians 5
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 5:1-5 “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. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, Who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”
Paul talked to the Corinthians about death from a Christian perspective. This was not just a ‘hope’ but something Paul knew to be true from God’s unchanging Word. He likened our earthly bodies to a tent–a temporary dwelling place. As long as we live in the ‘tent’ of the earthly body, we will groan and have a longing for that which God has prepared, a permanent dwelling, a glorified body that will live forever. He likened death to the putting off of the ‘tent’ or temporary dwelling. He likened the ‘further clothing’ to be the new body which God is preparing us for by giving us a down-payment in His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit prepares us for this amazing transition and is our guarantee that God will do what He has promised. We walk, live, and even die with faith in this amazing promise.
2nd Corinthians 5:6-8 “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith and not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing promises of a permanent glorified body to live in for eternity in Your presence. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who is my guarantee and helps me prepare while on earth. Use me to bring this Gospel to those groaning under the fear of death and blinded by the god of this world.
2nd Corinthians 5:9-11 “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.”