Devotional – II Corinthians 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.

I don’t know about you, but every year I get older I see and feel the effects of age. Our bodies have been so tainted by sin that they can no longer last very long in this life. Our bodies have expiration dates, and even though some have longer expirations than others, we all will one day face death, because that is the curse of sin from the days of Adam until now. But as we groan in these earthly bodies, as we feel the pains and sufferings of age, as we see the effects of age increasing we are not left without hope. After Christ died and was buried he rose again, but not with the same body, no he had a resurrected body, a perfect body, a body that would not get old, that will not suffer pain, or get weak with sickness. That body is the same body we will all receive. It will be a heavenly body, a resurrected body, a perfect body that has been prepared for us by God and our hope of receiving that body is found in the Spirit who has been given to us as a guarantee of that blessing to come. So don’t look to find perfect health now, don’t look to hide the signs of aging now, and don’t be concerned that you are feeling the effects of aging. Look in hope to that day that you will be clothed with a new body just as Christ is now we will one day be.


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