Friday, February 28, 2014

You live in a ‘what?’

Two days ago, I wrote that Paul was a tent maker. Afterward, it occurred to me that his spiritual calling was not so dissimilar. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul said we are living in a tent (this body) that will be replaced by a permanent spiritual house. Paul may have been a tent maker by day, but he taught house building by night.

Coincidentally, Jesus is called the architect of our faith (Heb. 12:2). And our inner man is called God’s temple (1 Cor. 6:19). But more to the point of this post, Paul says we are God's ‘building,’ which is a verb (not a noun), meaning and emphasizing the “process of building.”

The basic idea in 2 Cor. 5:1 is that God is building a completely new house for the believer’s spirit, “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” What a difference it would make in our daily choices if we had a revelation of this truth: In cooperation with God, we are now building the house we will live in forever. 

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