We Live in Perspective of Eternal Life

We live in perspective of eternal life in our resurrected bodies, God with us in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-8). Then we will know as we have been known.

In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul shares that eternal perspective, telling us how it motivated him and why it motivates us. Picturing our current body as our earthly house, the temporary tent we live in, he pictures our resurrected body: “… we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,”

what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”

1 For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. 2 For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed being clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened, not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (Eph 1:3-14)

Comparing the afflictions of this present time with the future glory in the previous chapter (2 Corinthians 4:17), Paul had declared the former to be light, insignificant, in perspective of eternal life. He looks forward with the faith of hope to the realization of these glories in his own body.

“For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Messiah.”

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him. 10 For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Messiah that each one may receive the things in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

For the love of Messiah compels us.”

11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God, and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. 12 For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Messiah compels us; because we judge thus: that one died for all, therefore all died. 15 He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:11-15

God reconciled us to himself through Yeshua the Messiah

16 Therefore we know no one according to the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Messiah according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold,* all things have become new. 18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Yeshua the Messiah, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 namely, that God was in Messiah reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:16-19

Be Reconciled to God

20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Messiah, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Messiah, be reconciled to God. 21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

All Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible.

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