2 Corinthians 5 - Heaven, Death & Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:1 - Why can Paul call shipwrecks, torture and prison 'light momentary affliction' in 2 Corinthians 4:17? Because he knows that if this earthly tent is destroyed, we have a home in heaven. He calls this body a 'tent' and what God has prepared for us a 'building'. We own a tent camper and I've camped in tents before. When the weather turns bad, you don't sleep as well in a 'tent' compared to a 'building'. you aren't as secure when things take an ugly turn, a tent is temporary, a building is permanent. A tent is vulnerable, a building is secure.

Interestingly, as I stared this, Amy Grant's 'In a Little While' is playing:

In a little while We'll be with the Father Can't you see Him smile In a little while We'll be home forever In a while we're just here To learn to love Him We'll be home In just a little while

2 Corinthians 5:14 - Paul says that he is convinced, or has concluded, that because Jesus died for all of us, we have therefore all died. I'm not sure that this is figurative, especially considering what eh wrote in Romans 6 (see my post on it here) We all have a certain fear of death and what that process will mean for us. As disciples of Jesus, we perhaps have less fear,. but we still know that we will face the judgment seat of Christ.

But, if we have already died, having voluntarily surrendered ourselves to the righteous judge, we have already passed through the courtroom, if you will. We've gone to the judge, before the appointed day, and submitted ourselves to His judgment. And, get this, he has judged us as innocent because of His Son. We have already died, dying again is a non-event.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 - Not only did God reconcile us to Himself through Christ, he gave us a ministry to do the same. He entrusted this most precious of messages to us. So, what am I doing with it?

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