My apologies my friends for the lateness of this post. Our internet provider had some technical difficulties over the past couple of days.
Paul uses a very important word in chapter 5, the word is confident. He says that because we know that there is a dwelling place for us after death, we are confident both in life and in death.
I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of people in life who are not confident in anything. Indeed, it could be argued that there are few things in life to be confident in. Retirement plans have fallen short in recent years. Investments are questionable. Stock markets are shaky, and even institutions like banks have shown their fragility in recent years. What is that old saying: there are only two constants in this life…death and taxes.
Paul makes the argument here that there is an even more assured thing than death and taxes; a place of eternal resident for those who have put their faith in Jesus. That knowledge, Paul writes, gives us confidence no matter where we find ourselves on the journey between life and death.
Paul does mention one little stipulation in connection with this line of conversation: that because we life in the confident hope that we have a permanent dwelling place with Christ, our aim should be to please him. That should be what comes out of this confidence we have in Jesus.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 10-13