O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
What does the following scripture refer to
2 Cor 5: 1For 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 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst 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, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
I am particularly interested in what the tabernacle and the body are. I am torn between two possibilities
1) The tabernacle was the temple. This is because of that little phrase "an house not made with hands" which seems to be clearly referring to what was referred to as "this tabernacle" and that phrase seems to refer to a physical building ie. the temple. However I cannot see how the switch from temple to the body works in verse 6 onwards (among other things).
2) That the discussion is in reference to each individuals body. This is particularly because Paul said " that every one may receive the things done in his body" of which body and tabernacle seems interchangeable in the text. However, I cannot understand how the body could be spoken of as being a building made with hands.