Awaiting the New Body
1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7For we live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Paul contrasts our earthly bodies and our future resurrection bodies. Paul clearly states that our current bodies make us groan, but when we die we will not be spirits without bodies.We will have new bodies that will be perfect for our everlasting life. We will still have personalities and recognizable characteristics in our resurrected bodies, but through Christ’s work, our bodies will be better than we can imagine. Our bodies will be perfect, without sickness, disease, or pain.
The Holy Spirit within us is our guarantee that God will give us everlasting bodies at resurrection. We have eternity in us now! This truth should give us great courage and patience to endure anything we might experience.
While eternal life is a free gift given on the basis of God’s grace, each of us will still be judged by Christ. This judgement will reward us for how we have lived. God’s gracious gift of salvation does not free us from the requirement for faithful obedience. All Christians must give an account for how they lived.