5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
It’s hard for me to imagine that our current bodies are temporary. It’s all we’ve ever known. We know that these bodies decay and crumble. In fact, everything around us decays and crumbles – everything. Nothing’s permanent, even though it may take centuries to decay.
So what is this permanent, heavenly dwelling Paul referred to here? I’m not really sure. Whatever it is, though, it will be better that what we have now.
And to guarantee that, the Spirit of God is the deposit.
Rejoice, Brothers and Sisters, that this “tent” we live in now will be replaced by something more permanent, more substantial. As the years pass and the old age groans get louder, we’re that much closer to permanency.