For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:1-8.
Our bodies, the earthly dwelling place for our souls, are deteriorating. But Christians own the title deeds to an eternal home to come! Furthermore, there will be a new resurrection body to clothe us, in which we will enjoy our glorious privileges for ever. We have been given the Holy Spirit now as a guarantee of this glorious future blessing. Paul expresses confidence in this fact saying that Christians walk by faith, not by sight. It would be pleasing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.