There is something called “glamping.” Glamping is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping.” Glamping is the style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping. While I love the aspect of camping in the traditional sense of sleeping on the ground in a tent, there is much allure to the idea of camping with a Ritz Carlton feel to it.
Reading the Bible can be tough. I pray if you feel you are gifted at understanding the Bible you are using those gifts to help someone grow in their walk rather than sit on the sidelines scoffing at people. There is the difficulty of understanding all the theology behind everything, placing everything together in chronological order, and then there is the whole aspect of needing to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus and be molded by the Spirit of God to understand and apply it all. The first ten verses in 2 Corinthians chapter five are tough. The part that makes this section difficult is we do not read our Bibles in the original language (except that one theological student who is fluent in Koine Greek reading this ready to send me a pointed email). Because of this language barrier, we miss an amazing golden nugget in the Bible.
In 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, we read, “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.”
In this section, Paul is teaching us that our future bodies will look different in Heaven. God especially makes these new bodies to suit us for the environment of eternity and Heaven. Our current bodies resemble the world we live in now, temporary. Our resurrected bodies will not be like tents that can be destroyed, they will resemble the eternal that is all around us in the heavens.
I just finished a massive study of the Gospel of John. In chapter 14 verse 2, Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
If we do a bit of a word study with the ancient Greek, the word used for rooms would be “dwelling place.” So, the Father’s house that has many places to dwell, each dwelling place would simply be translated into what we know as a mansion. If we add this idea to the one we find in 2 Corinthians chapter 5, in regards to our earthy dwelling is that of a tent, that is some serious eternal glamping,
This mansion from God, this “house not made with hands” that is “eternal in the heavens” will be a glorious place to stay. Imagine going from living a life where a tent was your home to living eternity in a mansion. When you think of it that way, no wonder we should be “longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.” The most amazing thing about our new eternal abode is right now Jesus has been preparing that place for us since He ascended into Heaven.
I do not know how hardcore you are about camping, but I am ready for some glamping with Jesus when my time comes.