Oh, how we long to be in heaven one day, living a new life in our eternal home!

BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (Listen)

Our Heavenly Dwelling

5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 660:
I’m But a Stranger Here

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I’m but a stranger here, 
Heav’n is my home; 
Earth is a desert drear, 
Heav’n is my home. 
Danger and sorrow stand 
Round me on every hand; 
Heav’n is my fatherland, 
Heav’n is my home. 

2. What though the tempest rage, 
Heav’n is my home; 
Short is my pilgrimage, 
Heav’n is my home; 
And time’s wild wintry blast 
Soon shall be overpast; 
I shall reach home at last, 
Heav’n is my home. 

3. There at my Savior’s side 
Heav’n is my home; 
I shall be glorified, 
Heav’n is my home; 
There are the good and blest, 
Those I love most and best; 
And there I, too, shall rest, 
Heav’n is my home. 

4. Therefore I murmur not, 
Heav’n is my home; 
Whate’er my earthly lot, 
Heav’n is my home; 
And I shall surely stand 
There at my Lord’s right hand. 
Heav’n is my fatherland, 
Heav’n is my home. 


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