The Bible refers to an ‘eternal house’ in heaven in 2 Corinthians. This is our topic for meditation today.
Our future body will be “an eternal house in heaven.” Tents are bodies for dwelling in on this earth. Our new, heavenly body will be a “house in heaven” for dwelling in in our eternal home. Our next body is “not built by human hands.” That means that the heavenly body will be spiritual and glorified, not physical and mortal.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, the excellency of the power being from God and not from ourselves. (2 Cor 4:6-7 MEV)
The treasure referred to above is “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We carry this precious, beautiful and eternal treasure in our earthly bodies, therefore we must strongly guard what has been entrusted to us.
This involves protecting and sheltering our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ jealously. We must outwit and halt every attack from the enemy against our faith in Jesus Christ.
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. (2 Cor 5:1 NIV, emphasis added)
This is an assurance to all believers that even though our human bodies will eventually pass away, our spirit and soul united in a spiritual body will move into the presence of God and remain with Him throughout eternity.
My dear friends, we are now God’s children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is. (1 Joh 3:2 GNT)
It is encouraging and comforting to know that we shall be like our Savior, our Redeemer, because we’ll be able to see Him in all of His glory and magnificence. Praise God!