Observe here, 1. Our apostle compares the body of a believer to an house, to an earthly house, and to an house of tabernacle: to an house, because of its comely fabric and composure, as also in regard of the inhabitant that dwells in it, the never-dying soul; to an earthly house, in regard of the means by which it is sustained; and to an house of tabernacle, because such buildings consist of slight and mean materials, they are soon set up, and as soon taken down.
Observe, 2. The necessity of this earthly tabernacle of the body's dissolution by death; it must lie down, and be dissolved.
3. The believer's future happiness, after the body's present dissolution, asserted and declared: They have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Learn hence, 1. That it is the pleasure and will of God that his people should for a short time remain in this earthly tabernacle of the body.
Learn, 2. That this earthly tabernacle of the believer's body, sooner or later, must by death be dissolved.
Learn, 3. That after the dissolution of this earthly tabernacle of the body, all the faithful have an eternal habitation, a building of God, not made with hands, in the highest heavens.
Learn, 4. that it is both the duty and interest of every sincere and serious Christian, to labour for the certain knowledge and full assurance of this happy privilege, and be able to say, We know, &c.