The New King James Version.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. Jn 14:3
Body of man
Made by God Gen.
2:7, 21, 22
Various organs of 1
Bears God’s image Gen.
9:6; Col. 3:10
Wonderfully made Ps.
B. By sin:
Subject to death Rom.
Instrument of evil Rom.
A Temple of the Holy Spirit 1
A living sacrifice Rom.
Dead to the Law Rom.
Dead to sin Rom.
Control over Rom.
Christ, the center of Rom.
6:8–11; Phil. 1:20, 21
Sins against, forbidden 1
Cor. 6:13, 18
Needful requirements of 1
Cor. 7:4; Col. 2:23
resurrection, to be:
Judged 2 Cor.
House 2 Cor.
House of clay Job
Earthen vessel 2
Tent 2 Pet.
Temple of God 1
Cor. 3:16, 17
Members of Christ 1
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5:2 we groan.
Paul had a passionate longing to be free from
his earthly body and all the accompanying sins, frustrations,
and weaknesses that were so relentless (see
notes on Rom. 7:24; 8:23).
clothed with our habitation … from heaven.
The perfections of immortality (see
notes on v. 1).
5:3 we shall not be found naked.
Paul clarified the fact that the
believer’s hope for the next life is not a disembodied spiritual
life, but a real, eternal, resurrection body. Unlike the pagans
who viewed matter as evil and spirit as good, Paul knew that
Christian death would not mean being released into a nebulous,
spiritual infinity. Rather, it would mean the receiving of a
glorified, spiritual, immortal, perfect, qualitatively different
but nonetheless real body, just as Jesus received (see
notes on 1 Cor. 15:35–44; Phil. 3:20, 21;
cf. 1 John 3:2).
5:4 unclothed … further clothed.
See notes on vv. 2, 3.
Paul reiterated that he could hardly wait to get his glorified
body (cf. Phil. 1:21–23). mortality
… swallowed up by life. Paul
wanted the fullness of all that God had planned for him in
eternal life, when all that is earthly and human will cease to
5:5 for this very thing.
More precisely translated “purpose.” Paul
emphatically states that the believer’s heavenly existence will
come to pass according to God’s sovereign purpose (see
notes on Rom. 8:28–30; cf. John
6:37–40, 44). God … has given us
the Spirit. See notes on 1:22;
Rom. 5:5; Eph. 1:13; cf. Phil.
See notes on 1:22; Eph. 1:13.
5:6 at home in the body … absent from the
Lord. While a believer is alive on
earth he is away from the fullness of God’s presence. However,
Paul was not saying he had absolutely no contact, because there
is prayer, the indwelling Spirit, and fellowship through the
Word. Paul was simply expressing a heavenly homesickness, a
strong yearning to be at home with his Lord (cf. Ps. 73:25; 1
Thess. 4:17; Rev. 21:3, 23; 22:3).
Christian can hope for a heaven he has not seen. He does so by
believing what Scripture says about it and living by that belief
(see note on Heb. 11:1;
cf. John 20:29).
5:8 absent from the body … present with
the Lord. Because heaven is a
better place than earth, Paul would rather have been there, with
God. This sentiment simply states Paul’s feelings and longings
of v. 6 from a reverse perspective (see
notes on Phil. 1:21, 23).
MacArthur, John Jr:
The MacArthur Study Bible. electronic ed. Nashville
: Word Pub., 1997, c1997, S. 2 Co 5:2