Summary of passage: Paul still speaking: If our earthly tent (human body) is destroyed, we have a building from God in heaven. We groan because we wish to be in Heaven but God made us for this purpose (human form) and given us the Spirit as a guarantee of what is to come (Heaven).
Thus, we can be confident while in the body that we have a home in Heaven because of faith. While we would prefer to be at home with the Lord, we must make it our goal while on Earth to please Him for we must all appear before the judgment of Christ for the good or bad things we have done while in the body.
We try to persuade men that Christ died for our sins, for EVERYONE, and we should no longer live for ourselves but for Him.
Thus, we must look at everyone from a heavenly standpoint since that is the goal and what matters in this world. If you are in Christ you are a new creation since God reconciled us to Him through Christ. We are thus Christ’s ambassadors for others to be reconciled to God and thus be righteous before God.
Now is the time for salvation and God’s grace. Before it’s too late!
11a) The earthly tent is our body and the building is our home in Heaven. As most of us know, a tent is not study and can easy fail, be broken and blow away, and in the end disappear altogether. A house is much more sturdier, built to last a lifetime and in this metaphor for all of eternity. We groan and complain while in the tent (the body), yearning for Heaven (the dwelling or home) when we need to remember God made us for this/His purpose.
b) Personal Question. My answer: No. I can’t say this. I don’t feel like I’ve fulfilled God’s purpose for my life yet and it drives me every day. Plus, selfishly, I’m not ready to leave my kiddos. They need me right now and I want to be there as long as possible.
I can say I do make it my goal to please Him. Admittedly, I fail. But every day is new and I get to start over and try again and little by little I think I’m getting closer and closer to a God-centered life.
12a) Reconcile according to Webster’s Dictionary means, “to restore to friendship or harmony; to make consistent or congruous; to cause to submit to or accept something unpleasant.”
b) He has sent Christ to die for our sins; to remove our sins, cleanse us, so that we may be with God. He has made us a new creation through the giving of the Holy Spirit. We are now righteous before God.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Yes.
Conclusions: What I got out of this passage is the importance of living by faith (verse 7) since we are in the body and away from the Lord. This is what prevents most people from not accepting Jesus Christ especially in today’s society. Everyone is so negative and wary of scams that having faith to believe in the unseen is hard. But it’s what sets religious people apart from others. We can be confident of our home in Heaven and our righteousness before God because of our faith.
Paul calls us to give something to others because God has given us everything! Live for Christ, serve others, remember our lives will be judged by Christ, and tell as many others as possible about Him!