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What Is Earthly Tabernacle

As used in 2 Cor 5:1 what do you believe the "earthly house" of this "tabernacle" to be.

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Check out both the condition and purpose of the tabernacle as noted in the Old Testament. It was built and maintained under very strict guidelines, and the purpose was a temporary place for God to appear and stay. Fast forward, in my personal opinion this means two things for today, we are to respect our human bodies as a dwelling of God and we are to maintain it as long as we are on earth.
---wivv on 10/15/19


Joseph, in Hebrews 12 we see how the spirits of just men made perfect, are described as spirits at this time, so it appears they won't get their new glorified bodies yet until the first resurrection, where we shall be like Him, where only Jesus has been resurrected and has a glorified body. So between now and then, those who die who are saved are present with the Lord in His tabernacle made without hands. Colossians 3:1-4 give more insight that we are hidden with God in Christ, not only now but will never be separated from Christ who is our life.
I don't believe anyone now who has gone home to heaven is in a physical body at this time.
---kathr4453 on 10/3/19


Bryan you have understood my position. Kath I simply don't believe that man will ever be with the Lord without a tangible physical body, whether it is Earthly or Heavenly.
---joseph on 10/3/19


Joseph I will have to think on what you've said. The carnal nature as our "earthly house" sounds reasonable, considering the carnal mind is "enmity against God" and can't be subject to His laws. However what Kath says about the Soul agrees with what I've heard.
---bryan on 10/2/19


\\As long as we are at home, or comfortable in that sensually based nature, or mindset, and dependent upon our senses, we are absent from, or not abiding in the Lord, because believers, walk by faith, and not by sight.\\

Does this mean that when we use our God given sense of sight to see and read the words in printed Bibles, we are not walking by faith?

St. Paul and David say that the created world points to God's glory, When we behold it in wonder, are we walking by faith or sight?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/2/19




Joseph, it could also be something deeper, considering this verse. Saying the body of this body sounds redundant. I believe Paul is talking about something deeper, like those IN CHRIST as we are HIS BODY. It's very possible he's talking about the souls of those saved and IN CHRIST whether we are here or absent from the body and present with the Lord.


Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building,
---kathr4453 on 10/2/19


I also don't believe 2 Corinthians 5:1 is a stand alone verse, but must be read including verses 2-8 with verse 1, concludes in verse 8. Paul is talking about the BOC, the CHURCH, those IN CHRIST, will never be separated from Christ whether here in the body or dead, and separated from our body. Our SOUL goes home to be with the Lord.
Also Romans 8'says NOTHING including death can separate us from the Love of God IN CHRIST.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
---kath453 on 10/2/19


Bryan Keep in mind that the word tabernacle verse 1, and verse 4, is used to represent the corporeal human body. The term "earthly house" in verse 1, is being represented by the word "body" in verse 6, and I believe that it is used in the same way that the word body is used in the phrase "body of sin" in Rom. 6:6, and is representative of the carnal nature that man abides in from birth. As long as we are at home, or comfortable in that sensually based nature, or mindset, and dependent upon our senses, we are absent from, or not abiding in the Lord, because believers, walk by faith, and not by sight.
---joseph on 10/2/19


I agree with Brian, it is two different things....the house OF this tabernacle. Just like our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. That doesn't mean our body IS the Holy Spirit.
---kathr4453 on 10/1/19


"Where did you get the idea that "earthly house" and "our tabernacle" were two different things, Bryan?" Because the words reads as separate words with separate meanings. The "earthly house" 'of this' "tabernacle". Seems clear to me.
---bryan on 9/30/19




Maybe it is based on those verses. Maybe this house is our flesh, and tabernacle is our soul. So if our house here is desolved, our soul will have a house in heaven not made with hands.
---kathr4453 on 9/30/19


Here is the verse in the ASV of 1901.

For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

Where did you get the idea that "earthly house" and "our tabernacle" were two different things, Bryan?

It's clearly talking about our physical bodies, both now, and then at the Resurrection.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/30/19


"It's talking about our physical bodies." Cluny If earthly house refers to the physical body, what does "this tabernacle" refer to?
---bryan on 9/30/19


Scripture says our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Remember Jesus saying if you tear down this temple AKA tabernacle I will raise it up in three days. He was talking about His Body.
---kathr4453 on 9/30/19


It's talking about our physical bodies.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/29/19


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