In his second letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul wrote about the Christian’s hope of a new life and a new body made by God. This hope is made stronger and more precious by the trials we encounter in this life, and Paul shared in his letter about many of the difficult trials he and his companions were going through.

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“God Himself has prepared us for this,” he wrote, ” and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies, we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing, and not by seeing.” 2 Corinthians 5:5-7 NLT

We do not now see our home in heaven, our new bodies, the glory in which we shall live for all eternity. We live instead in a broken world, with trouble and need and despair on every side. We live with constant reminders that mortal life is short and uncertain.

But God has given to us His Holy Spirit, a guarantee of Eternal Life in glory, and new, eternal bodies of His own making. So we fix our eyes on Him and His Promises; we live under the direction of His Holy Spirit. While we are aware of what is going on around us, we are not consumed by it; what we see around us does not dictate our lives. We live for the One in Whom we believe, strengthened by His Promises, under the direction of His Holy Spirit, given us as the “down payment” on Eternal life with Jesus.

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