2 Corinthians 5
(1-10) Our Heavenly Dwelling
Our physical bodies, which Paul describes as a tent, are deteriorating each day. We do not try to preserve our bodies, however, because we know that a new eternal body will be given to us by God when we depart this earth and arrive in Heaven. While we are at home in our earthly bodies, we are away from the Lord, but when we leave these earthly bodies, then we will be at home with the Lord. It should be our main aim to please God while we are living because one day we will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and be rewarded according to our deeds, whether good or evil.
(11-21) The Ministry of Reconciliation
The love of Christ should control what we think, what we say, how we live, and how we treat others. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ, who died and rose again for all. This sacrifice has made a way for us to be reconciled to God. All those who are reconciled are made a new creation. Old ways of thinking, loving, and living are done away with, and a new way of life takes over. All those who are reconciled are now called to be ambassadors for Christ, imploring others to also be reconciled to God. The one who knew no sin became sin, so that we who are sinners could be free from sin and become the righteousness of God.
Favorite verse: (5) For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.