The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


Church of Christ




Look Ma, No Hands

"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" (2 Cor.5;1).

After learning to ride a bicycle, and then becoming confident on it, I would guess that all of us tried riding with one hand and then no hands... There was just that challenge of riding the bike and staying upright with no hands on the handlebars... Before Jesus returns, and while Christians are still in this earthly tent, God has made a promise in the form of a guarantee in the person of the Holy Spirit. "Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee" (V 5). What a cool thought... A guarantee... Paul borrowed this rather uncommon word from the Jewish language where it is sometimes translated as a pledge. The Holy Spirit is God's guarantee to His people that he will redeem them. It is His pledge they they will one day live in His presence clothed with a resurrection body... "a house not made with hands..." Since I am writing to all of you who are alive, in the meantime, before the Lord returns, Christians are to walk by faith. Our hope ought allow us to exude a confidence and allow us to live with courage and persistence... "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently" (Rom.8:24-25). If the believer dies before the Lord returns, they will be present with Jesus although "absent from the body" (V 8). They don't get the resurrection body until He returns.. Those who are still alive when the Lord returns will get an immediate exchange of the mortal body for an immortal one.... Here's what we can be confident in and have as a hope.... We can have it as a hope because of the guarantee... When the Lord returns He will cloth the redeemed with "a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens....." A body that will last through eternity... Look ma, no hands.....

Have a great day... Make your little part of the planet better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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