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It’s alright to long for your heavenly dwelling. God has guaranteed it to you.

BibleGateway: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

ESV Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

KJV Text:

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     1 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 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 619, st. 1-4:
Jerusalem, Thou City, Fair and High

— Organ Audio

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1. Jerusalem, thou city fair and high, 
Would God I were in thee! 
My longing heart fain, fain to thee would fly, 
It will not stay with me. 
Far over vale and mountain, 
Far over field and plain, 
It hastes to seek its Fountain 
And leave this world of pain. 

2. O happy day and yet far happier hour, 
When wilt thou come at last, 
When fearless to my Father’s love and pow’r, 
Whose promise standeth fast, 
My soul I gladly render? 
For surely will His hand 
Lead her with guidance tender 
To heav’n, her fatherland. 

3. A moment’s space, and gently, wondrously, 
Released from earthly ties, 
Elijah’s chariot bears her up to thee, 
Thro’ all these lower skies 
To yonder shining regions, 
While down to meet her come 
The blessed angel legions 
And bid her welcome home. 

4. O Zion, hail! Bright city, now unfold 
The gates of grace to me. 
How many a time I longed for thee of old 
Ere yet I was set free 
From yon dark life of sadness, 
Yon world of shadowy naught, 
And God had given the gladness, 
The heritage, I sought.