William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 5:4 - 5:4

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 5:4 - 5:4


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Note here, That this groaning desire again mentioned by the apostle in this verse, with respect to the burden of the body, to get rid of it, is not either an unnatural desire, or a discontented desire, or a desire of death as death, or a desire to be unhoused, and without clothing for the soul; but he would be better clothed with a celestial body, that his mortal part might be swallowed up by immortal glory. As if the apostle had said, "As weary as I am of life, by means of sin and sorrow, by reason of corruption and affliction, yet I would not barely for the sake of that desire a dissolution, but for the hope's sake of eternal and immortal life."

Learn hence, 1. That whilst the saints live in this earthly, mortal body, they are burdened with a heavy load of sin and affliction.

2. That believers, thus burdened, do in an holy manner groan and long for a better state.

3. That in that better state mortality shall be swallowed up of life.

4. That in that life we shall be clothed again with our own bodies, glorious and heavenly: We groan, not to be unclothed, but clothed upon.