“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him” (v9). Paul reminded the Corinthians that their relationship with Jesus was both present and future; we will all appear before Him for an evaluation of our lives (v10). Rather than fear this day, we should look forward to it, “longing” for our heavenly dwelling (v2). We can be confident because “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (v5).
“So that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (v14). The Spirit in our lives is the guarantee that more Life is to come – abundant, eternal life with Christ.