Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home
in the body we are absent from the Lord-- (2 Corinthians 5:6 NASB ©1995)
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Paul refers to the body as an earthly tent or clothing for the soul. He likens it to a
house in which we live. But Paul knows he has a better house waiting for him in Heaven, if
this early house is torn down. Paul tells the Corintian Christians.
"For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building
from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we
groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it
on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened
because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be
swallowed up by life." (2 Corintians 5:1-4 NASB)
He goes on to say he would rather be absent from this body and be at home with the Lord. v8
But we must stay here for awhile and our ambition is to do things that are pleasing to God.
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be
recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
(2 Corinthians 5:10 NASB)
Christ referred to his body as a temple.
The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these
things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up
in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. So when He was raised from
the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and
the word which Jesus had spoken.
(John 2:18-22 NASB)