Glossary: Tent/Tabernacle/House/Dwelling

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Flesh (definition may be broader). 


  • Our flesh is called God’s house, building, and tabernacle.

2 Corinthians 5:1-4 (KJV)  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle [earthly body] were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house [heavenly body] not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed uponwith 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.

2 Peter 1:13-14 (KJV)  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle [his body], to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;  [14]  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

  • In reference to our glorified bodies, he calls them a tabernacle that “shall not be taken down” (eternal).

Isaiah 33:20 (KJV)  Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

  • Also, in Leviticus, a garment, an earthen vessel, and a bronze pot are all symbolically used synonymously for our flesh. 

Leviticus 6:27-28 (KJV) Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place. 28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.

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