Paul refers to the present, mortal body as a tent, whereas he speaks of the future resurrected body as a house (v. 1). Although we are presently clothed in our mortal flesh, we will one day be further clothed with a glorified body that will swallow up our mortality (v. 4). Gospel-believing Christians can experience the reality of this resurrection hope even now through the indwelling of the Spirit, who is “the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it” (Eph. 1:14).
The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is inextricably tied to the resurrection of Christ (2 Cor. 4:14), which ensures that death itself has been nullified. It is a gospel promise. The Christian does not need to fear death but can confidently know that it has been defeated (1 Cor. 15:55).
This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible.