Verse 1 – 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.
Whether we are cremated, buried int he ground, or buried at sea, God is going to make us a new body. No matter how we die or what condition the body was in when we died, our Lord will make all Christians a new body!
Verse 2 – For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
Verse 3 – if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
The word “naked” is a reference to being disembodied. We will put on as clothes, a new body.
Verse 4 – For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
We do not desire to depart merely because we suffer much in this earthly body, but that we know when we are resurrected we will have a body of immortality, never to be destroyed again.
Verse 5 – Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
The Holy Spirit living inside each Christian is a guarantee of the resurrection with a new body.
Verse 6 – Therefore we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
Verse 7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Verse 8 – We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
While in this body, we are absent from he Lord, so we take it by “faith” that when this body is gone, we are in the presence of the Lord with our new resurrected bodies. We walk by faith with the confidence and expectation of the things to come.
Verse 9 – Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
Verse 10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what was done, whether good or bad.
God’s gracious gift of salvation does not free us from the requirement for faithful obedience. All Christians must give an account for how they lived.
Verse 11 – Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well-known to God, and I also trust are well-known in your consciences.
Verse 12 – For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to glory on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who glory in appearance and not in heart.
Christ has all power and is appointed to execute judgment – the believers to the “judgment seat of Christ,” on how they did according to their works – the lost stand before the “Great White Throne Judgment,” to give an account of why they didn’t believe! That’s going to be pure terror.
Now verse 12, refers to those who preach the gospel for a gain other than for souls. They will also give an account for that.
Verse 13 – For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
Verse 14 – For the love of Christ constrains us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
Christ did die for all mankind, but all have not accepted. Everything that Paul did to bring the gospel message was looked at by the lost as insane, but not to the believer.
Verse 15 – and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
Because Christ died for us, we are also dead to our old life. We should no longer live to ourselves or to sin.
Verse 16 – Therefore, form now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
Paul says from now on after his eyes were opened about Christ, he no longer judged or was influenced by the flesh. After being born-again just as Paul, we take on a new way of looking at people. We also have a new perspective of Christ our Lord.
Verse 17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.
The term “new creation,” or “new creature,” as some texts read, is a spiritual transformation that occurs within the inner man (woman) when a person believes in Christ as Savior. They are brand new with a new family, a new set of values, new motives, new passions, and a new eternal destination.
Little by little, a person will start to renew their mind by reading God’s word, and watch as their hearts change along with their actions and behavior.
Verse 18 – Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
By the renewing of our hearts, we are no longer God’s enemies. Sin is blotted out, forgiveness is given and we can approach our Lord as if we have never sinned. We are brought back-reconciliation.
Verse 19 – that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
This is proof that God designed the plan of salvation should be adopted to all people. Man did not seek it. This shows the strength of God’s love.
“Not imputing their trespasses to them” – Believers are pardoned at salvation. Why? Because Jesus took our sin and the punishment that we deserved, which was death!
Verse 20 – Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Verse 21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The punishment for sin is death. Christ was our innocent, perfect, sacrifice for sin. Therefore , your sin has been paid for, in full, but only if you believe and receive!