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. (2 Corinthians 5: 4)
Paul is at a critical point in his ministry. Detractors are saying that he is without credentials. He is saying that love disciples brought into the Gospel fold are all the evidence he needs. He is weary; chapters 6 and 11 will show us just how weary; but he is not without hope.
If the persecution or the physical demands are leading unto death, then he is fearless. For to die is to be with Christ, and that is all gain. He reassures that the promotion through death is glorious and into a greater sphere, not into a lesser.
He does realize that there is still much work to be done. He commissions his correspondents at Corinth as “ambassadors of reconciliation”, for the message must resonate in widening circles “that God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself”.
We are part of that brotherhood and task force. Neither do we have any certificates on the wall, but no matter, the universal priesthood of believers is about to enter into a greater dimension.