Many of you might not know this, but the rumors are out and if they are to be believed, the iPhone 5 will be announced on September 12 and for sale nine days later. I am currently the owner of an iPhone 4, but the button on the front doesn’t always work, it has a small yellow burn spot on the screen and it’s just getting kind of worn down. I am ready for my upgrade. I might even find myself in line at an Apple store later this month.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul is ready for his upgrade, although not for a new phone. Paul is talking about our new bodies we will receive when we arrive in Heaven. And here is the most important thing you need to know about your heavenly body…it will be a body. Really. We have no reason to believe that we will be able to fly or float. We have no examples of people getting wings (mostly because we don’t turn into angels). In fact, Paul here uses two metaphors to point us to this reality.
First, Paul talks about how we currently live in tents and God is preparing a permanent house for us. What he means is that we were created to have a “housing,” or bodies for our spirits. So as our old tents pass away, we are able to move into the more permanent houses that God has prepared. Secondly, Paul uses the idea of being clothed versus being naked, as if to say that if our spirits were to be without a physical body that we are behaving as unnaturally as if we were to be walking around town naked. We are designed to have physical bodies. The bodies we have now are going to die, but the ones that wait for us are eternal. Now that sounds like a pretty good upgrade.