THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, 22.05.20
Many of us remember old hymns, such as “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through; if heaven’s not my home, then Lord, what will I do . .” Today’s STUDY may be reminiscent of such lyrics.
Those who have been in the Lord for considerable time, and are mature in their faith, at some point in our journey progress to that stage of longing to SEE HIM; longing to go Home – to the Home in Heaven that Jesus/Yeshua referred to when He said: “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John14:2,3).
Paul also made reference to that Heavenly Home awaiting Christ’s followers:
2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-5
1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.
2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.
4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
Not only do true followers of/believers in Jesus/Yeshua Messiah have a Heavenly Home to look forward to, but new glorious, perfected bodies as well.
In addition to verses 1-5 above, Paul expresses his longing to be with the Lord, ”For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Phil.1:21-23). Knowing that he is called to serve as long as he remains on earth, he is not attempting to short circuit this, he makes clear his preference; so he is torn between the two.
We know also, that we will have a new, and glorious body, nothing like this flawed earthly body. Our glorious bodies will be free from all defects, disease, curses or defilement from our past, perfectly whole, healed, brand new, for “now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body” (1 Cor.15:43,44). Recall that on two separate occasions (John 20:19-28) we are given examples of Jesus/Yeshua dropping in on the disciples unannounced, pretty much floating through walls, as the Scriptures specifically identify that the doors were closed and He suddenly appeared in the midst of them, out of nowhere, so to speak. Being given the privilege of trading our flawed earthly bodies for a glorious body capable of such actions would be an amazing experience, I would think!
As believers, we have so much more to look forward to beyond this life:
2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-9:
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
Just as Paul expressed, there are those of us who would rather be in Heaven with the Lord than stuck here in the midst of ongoing pain and suffering.
Those who know the Lord as Saviour, Father, and King, look to their future eternal home with Him, realizing that there is so much more beyond this life. Although no one can fully comprehend the details of what this will look like or consist of, it matters not, for what can be better than knowing we will spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.
Since we know that He is perfect/perfectly good in every way, there is no need to worry about the details. The mystery makes it that much more intriguing. What an awesome future awaits the truly born-again followers! How privileged and honoured we shall be! What a glorious coming that Second Coming will be!
1 John 3:2
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