Paul outlines briefly but powerfully the Christian promise of eternal life –a new body created by God as our home in the heavenly community. What difference would it make in your life with others if the fear of death were replaced with the assurance of enjoying God’s grace and glory forever? It does put all things earthly in a different perspective. It frees us up for courageous service,with our attention focused on being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We can be bold in blessing others and the creation as he did in his earthly ministry,assured of life eternal at home with the Holy Trinity.
13 The scripture says,“I spoke because I believed.” In the same spirit of faith we also speak because we believe. 14 We know that God,who raised the Lord Jesus to life,will also raise us up with Jesus and take us,together with you,into his presence. 15 All this is for your sake;and as God’s grace reaches more and more people,they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving.
16 For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying,yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. 17 And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory,much greater than the trouble. 18 For we fix our attention,not on things that are seen,but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time,but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
1 For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down,God will have a house in heaven for us to live in,a home he himself has made,which will last forever.
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