Our Heavenly Dwelling
Our home on Earth is just a tent in which we experience anguish, we have a house waiting for us in the heavens. When we are here in our tent, we are away from God. Even though we would rather be away from the body and at home with the lord, we must do everything we can to please him because one day we will all be judged by Jesus for what we have done in the body, whether good or evil.
I find this kind of thing pretty disgusting. The message is basically that this life is shit, we would all rather just die and go to heaven, but you must do the best you can here because someday you will be judged. It is simultaneously telling people that their life is worthless and that they should follow what the church says.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
We know that everyone will be judged after they die, and so we are spreading the word. Jesus died for all of us, and therefore we have all died. Anyone who has accepted Christ is in a new creation. God has reconciled those people and doesn't count their trespasses against them. So we are spreading this word, please accept Christ and be reconciled to God.
So if I am understanding this passage correctly (which I might not be, I found it confusing) we will be judged after we die, but if we accept Jesus our trespasses won't count. So everyone is judged, except if you are with Christ you can do whatever you want because your trespasses don't count.
(ch 6) (why are the chapter breaks all in weird places?)
The day of salvation has arrived, we have put no obstacles in your way so no fault can be found with our ministry. We are amazing in many ways (listed in detail in verse 4-10). We have opened your hearts to you, you should in return open your hearts to us.
The Temple of the Living God
Do no associate with unbelievers. Go out into their midst and be separate from them.
Confusing to me, how can you do both things?
For the overview post (If you think I should add or remove stuff from this list please let me know, I think it would make good conversation)
5:8 death is better than life
5:10 do what the church says, you will be judged when you die for it