“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”
(2 Corinthians 5:1).
The bible speaks of three kinds of salvation. First, the man in Christ is saved already through faith (see Ephesians 2: 8). This means that upon faith in Jesus, we are freely justified. By faith, now we are saved. Secondly, the man in Christ is ‘being saved.’ This is true in reference to his walk of sanctification. Sanctification is a gradual but consistent process in his life. We are asked to ‘work out’ our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
Finally, the bible says, ‘we shall be saved’. This refers to the coming of Christ and the consummation of God’s salvation plan in Him. The great hope of every Christian is receiving a new glorified body when Christ comes. This new body does not inhabit lust, sickness or death. Receiving a new body will put a final end to the rebellion of our flesh. Our sanctification will be perfected when we get our new bodies (see 1 Thess. 4:16-17, 2 Cor 5:1-5).
This is our consolation. When you go through trials and temptations as a Christian, you are to remember on one hand, that the Holy Ghost in you is there to help you overcome them, and on the other, that soon, at Christ’s arrival, there will be a final end to you having a body susceptible to sin. Our sanctification will be perfect when (and truly, only when) Christ comes.
Rejoice! Thank God for the promise of a new body. Thank Him for the hope of eternal life in Christ.