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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:1-11

The apostle in these verses pursues the argument of the former chapter, concerning the grounds of their courage and patience under afflictions. And, I. He mentions their expectation, and desire, and assurance, of eternal happiness after death, 2 Cor. 5:1-5. Observe particularly, 1. The believer's expectation of eternal happiness after death, 2 Cor. 5:1. He does not only know, or is well assured by faith of the truth and reality of the thing itself?that there is another and a happy life after... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

5:1-10 For we know that if this earthly house of ours, that tent which is the body is pulled down, we have a building which comes from God, a house not made with hands, eternal and in the heavens. For indeed so long as we are as we are we earnestly long to put on our abode which is from heaven, and if indeed we have put it on we shall not be found naked. For, while we are in this tent of the body, we groan, for life weighs us down, for it is not so much that we desire to be stripped of this... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:4

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan ,.... There are some of the saints who are not in the tabernacle, the body. They were in it, but now are not; their bodies are in the grave, the house appointed for all living; and their souls are in the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, in everlasting habitations, in the mansions prepared in Christ's Father's house; and they have done groaning, being delivered from every oppressor, sin, Satan, and the world; are at rest from all... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:4

For we that are in this tabernacle - We who are in this state of trial and difficulty do groan, being burdened; as if he had said: The whole of human life is a state of suffering, and especially our lot; who are troubled on every side, perplexed, persecuted, cast down, bearing about in the body the dying of our Lord Jesus, and being always delivered unto death on the account of Jesus, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 . These were sufficient burdens, and sufficient causes of groaning. Not for that... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:4

Verse 4 4.We groan, being burdened, because we desire not to be unclothed. The wicked, too, groan, because they are not contented with their present condition; but afterwards an opposite disposition prevails, that is, a clinging to life, so that they view death with horror, and do not feel the long continuance of this mortal life to be a burden. The groaning of believers, on the other hand, arises from this — that they know, that they are here in a state of exile from their native land, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:1-7

"For we know that if our earthly house," etc. Two things are to be noticed at the outset. 1 . Metaphorical representations of the body. The body is here spoken of under the figure of a "tabernacle" or a tent, and of a vestment or clothing. These two things would not be so distinct in the mind of the apostle as they are in ours, for both had the same qualities of movableness and protection . The "house" to which the apostle refers was not a building of bricks or stone, a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:1-9

I. THE BODY THAT NOW IS . 1 . Frail. 2 . Perishing. 3 . Often a burden. 4 . Frequently a temptation. 5 . Not helpful to spiritual life. 6 . Subject to many pains. 7 . Debased. II. THE BODY THAT SHALL BE . 1 . Eternal . ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 .) Having no tendencies towards decay, no marks of coming death. A body of life . Stamped with the eternalness of God. 2 . Heavenly . ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 .) The first body is of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

The hope of the future rife is the great support of our efforts. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Death intervenes between the present state of affliction and the glory of heaven, but death is only the destruction of the body now existing. It is not an end to bodily form and life. This is no speculation of the apostle's; it is an assurance, "for we know " that if this earthly tent be destroyed, it will be followed by an enduring habitation—a mansion, not a tabernacle. In the earthly body he groans, not because it is a body, but because it is flesh and blood suffering under the effects... read more

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