Our Dwelling in Heaven
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
(1) For we know that when the mortal body (earthly tent) we live in dies (is destroyed), we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven that is not made with human hands. (2) Until then we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, (3) because when we are clothed with our heavenly dwelling, we will not be found naked. (4) For while we are in this physical body (tent), we groan and are burdened (weighed down), because we do not desire to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by eternal life. (5) Now the one who has created us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Holy Spirit as a sure deposit (down payment)—guaranteeing what is to come.
(6) Therefore, we are always full of courage and know that as long as we are at home in our physical bodies we are away from the Lord. (7) For we live by faith and not by what we can see (what is temporary)! (8) Yes, we are full of courage, and would rather be away from the physical body and at home with the Lord. (9) So we make it our life goal (ambition) to please God in everything, whether we live (at home) in the body or whether we die (away from it). (10) For we must all stand (appear) before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us will receive what is due us for everything we have done while in the physical body, whether good or evil.
New Creations in Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 5:11-17
(11) Therefore, since we know what it means to fear the Lord, we do everything to persuade all people to believe. What we are is known to God, and I hope it is also clear to your conscience. (12) We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but we are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in outward appearances rather than what is in the heart. (13) For if we are “out of our mind,” as some are saying in Corinth, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. (14) For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that he died for everyone (one died for all), and therefore all have died. (15) And he died on behalf of everyone, so that those who live will no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised to life again.
(16) So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view; although we once regarded Christ in this way, we no longer do. (17) Therefore, whoever is in Christ is a new creation (creature)! Behold, the old has gone (passed away) and the new is here!
The Message and Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
(18) All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (19) For God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has entrusted us with the message of reconciliation. (20) Therefore we serve as Christ’s ambassadors, as though God was calling out to everyone through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God! (21) God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us (as a sin offering), so that in him we should become the righteousness of God.