Our Heavenly Room

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.

2 Corinthians 5:1-3

In 2 Corinthians 5: 1-3, the apostle Paul compares our earthly abode with the heavenly abode that awaits us. But it should be noted that Paul uses the building figuratively and is not referring to a house but to our body. Our earthly body will one day disappear, it will simply be dust. But for the one who has believed in Jesus Christ there is the great hope that we will dwell with him and we will have a glorified body similar to His.

When Jesus was resurrected, he did not cease to have a physical body and, to leave no doubt about that, He asked His disciples to eat and He ate before them, as Luke 24:41-43 says, But while they still were amazed and unbelieving because of their joy, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and He took it and ate in their presence. Jesus did not need these things to survive because His glorified body was no longer subject to natural laws; but He did it to show that He had risen.

This body of Jesus is the model of the body we will have when we are with Him. It tells us 1 John 3:2, Beloved, 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. Glorification is that final stage in the process of redemption in which Christ resurrects the bodies of every believer from the dead, gathers those bodies with their souls and instantly changes the bodies of those believers who are alive in bodies free from sin, perfect, just like His when He rose from the dead.

Our earthly abode, our present body is not perfect and deteriorates over time. In Philippians 3:20-21 the apostle Paul tells us, but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself. Paul refers to our present bodies marked by the humiliation caused by sin, characterized by weakness, physical decay, indignity, sickness, suffering and mental humiliation.

We will certainly have a heavenly room, a new body, which will be imperishable, incorruptible, glorious, honorable, powerful, free from shame, strong and spiritual, being completely subject to the Holy Spirit. There will certainly be an awesome transformation in our bodies. Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 15:51-5, Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” God bless you.

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