2 Corinthians 5:1-5 NIV
“For 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. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For 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. Now 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.”
The Christian knows what is coming in a way that the unbeliever doesn’t. The unbeliever does not accept the truth of what is ahead, as we are instructed in the Scriptures. Our bodies on this earth, will, not last, and we are all subject to the sting of death. Our bodies deteriorate and die, and our souls go our the place assigned for us. But one day, we will rise. The body will leave the ground and put on immortality. We shall, rise and go to with our Lord Jesus forever.
The mortal flesh will put on immortality. The transient will put on eternal significance. The groaning of the uncomfortable, will give way to pure joy. This is the inheritance of the saints of God. The Christian can look forward to a new body, their own body, made new and without fault. We will be satisfied with how we look and are.
Without this incorruptible body, we will be found “naked” with no covering to dignify our bare flesh. This is the inheritance of the ungodly. There is no provision for them, only punishment and disgrace. The choice of where we end up in eternity, is straightforward. We trust in Christ and get everything we could desire, or reject Him, and get all that we fear and hate. We choose wisely, because we desire Him, who we love, and want to be as He is. The human body of Christ, that He took on for our sake, is risen from the dead and now glorified, as we will soon be. This is our hope. This is our eternal home. Jesus Himself, is preparing a house, not made with human hands, for ever one of His people.
This house is in the heavens, though we don’t know what form it will take. He is preparing it for us and will keep it until, we enter in.
“However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands.”
God does not live in a brick and wooden house, as neither will we. It will be the perfect home for us, and fulfil all we need. Built personally by Christ, for His personal children and bride of eternity. When we think of what is ahead for us, it causes us to groan, that we are not yet there. But one day we shall be released from the doubt and sorrow of life, and enter into our inheritance. New glorified, immortal, everlasting bodies, and bespoke homes to live, which is mysterious to us now. One day it will all become clear and we will know, even as we are known.