For we know that if the earthly “tent” which is our house is torn down, we
a building from God, a house not made by human hands. It is a body
fit for the coming age
and is being prepared now in heaven.
2 We certainly
groan in this house, longing to be clothed with our house which will come to
us from heaven.
3 When in the future we put it on, we will not be found naked.
4 For while we are in this present “tent” we groan because of our burdens. It is
not that we want to be unclothed, but we want to be clothed, so that what is
mortal will be swallowed up by life.
5 The One who prepared us for
this very purpose is God, who gave us the spirit as a down-payment.
6 So we are always full of courage, knowing that while we are at home in
this body, we are absent from the lord,
7 for we are living by faith, not by sight. 8 As I say, we are full of courage, and would prefer to be absent from this
body and then to be at home with the lord.
 9 So we make it our aim,
whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing to him.
10 For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of the Messiah, so that each person will be
repaid for what we have done while in this body, whether good or bad. 11 So then, knowing what it means to fear the lord, we try to persuade people. We are well-known to God, and I hope that we are well-known also to your consciences.
12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but 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 minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14 For the love
of the Messiah compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and so all
15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for
themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
16 So then, from now on we acknowledge no one from a worldly point of view. Even though we have known Messiah from such a worldly point of view, now we know him in that way no longer.
17 So if anyone is in Messiah he is
a new creation. The old has passed away. Look: the new has
18 And all this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through
Messiah, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 namely that God was in
Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against
them, and He has committed to us the Gospel-word of reconciliation.
20 So then we are ambassadors representing Messiah, as though God were
making His appeal through us: We appeal to you on behalf of the Messiah, be
reconciled to God. 21 The one who knew no sin, God made to be sin on our
behalf, so that in him we could become
God’s right way of thinking and
Just as the reward given to Jesus was a glory which he “had with” God in promise and
prospect from before the foundation of the world (Jn. 17:5).
Of the future Kingdom of God on earth at the return of Jesus (Rev. 5:10, etc).
That is, at the future arrival of Jesus — not at the moment of death, but when Jesus returns
and resurrects the faithful dead (1 Cor. 15:23). There is only one way to be “with the lord” and that is
by resurrection at his future coming. The event is beautifully described in 1 Thess. 4:13-17: “In this
way [and no other] we shall come to be with the lord.” There is no being “with the lord” apart from the
future resurrection, which will occur at the Second Coming. That event will follow the future Great
Tribulation, not precede it.
Salvation is a process culminating in immortality to be achieved in the first resurrection when
Jesus returns (1 Cor. 15:23; Rev. 20:1-6).