2 Corinthians 5:1-10
“For we KNOW that if the earthly tent. . . is torn down . . . we have a building from God.” Others may speculate but we know what will happen when we depart this life.
I. WE HAVE THE CERTAINTY OF RESURRECTION AND TRANSFORMATION. Verse 1-5
“Torn down”: literally, “dismantled.” Speaks of purpose and design. Our life is carefully dismantled by God, to move us to a different spot.
II. WE HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT DEATH BEGINS A JOURNEY INTO THE REALM OF SIGHT. Verses 6,7
III. WE HAVE A COVENANT THAT DEATH PLACES US IN THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST. Verse 8
IV. WE HAVE THE CONFIRMATION OF THE SPIRIT’S PLEDGE. Verse 5. How, then, should we react to this knowledge? 1. Be of good courage. Verses 6,8. 2. Prefer to be with Christ. Verse 8. 3. Seek to please Christ. Verse 9. The issue is not, will we live or die, but will we be pleasing to Christ.
©Ron Dunn, LifeStyle Ministries, 2001