Eternal building of God (2 Cor. 5:1)

“We know

That if the earthly tent

We live in

Is destroyed,

We have a building

From God,

A house

Not made with human hands,

But eternal

In the heavens.”

οἴδαμεν γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν ἡ ἐπίγειος ἡμῶν οἰκία τοῦ σκήνους καταλυθῇ, οἰκοδομὴν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἔχομεν, οἰκίαν ἀχειροποίητον αἰώνιον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.

Paul said that we know (οἴδαμεν) that if the earthly tent we live in (γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν ἡ ἐπίγειος ἡμῶν οἰκία τοῦ σκήνους) is destroyed (καταλυθῇ), we have a building (οἰκοδομὴν) from God (ἐκ Θεοῦ ἔχομεν), a house (οἰκίαν) not made with human hands (ἀχειροποίητον), but eternal (αἰώνιον) in the heavens (ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word σκήνους, that means a tent, tabernacle, or the human body.  Paul continued with this comparison between our earthly existence and our permanent home in heaven with God.  Paul spoke about our earthly tent, our body.  If our human body is destroyed, we will still have an eternal building with God, not like the Mosaic sanctuary or the Solomon Temple, made with human hands.  Instead, we will live in the eternal building of God in heaven.  Are you getting ready to live in your eternal home with God?

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