Sunday, May 7, 2017

We Walk By Faith; Not By Sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

           "So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight.We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:6-10) 

           In context, the Apostle Paul is exhorting the Church of Corinth to not be focused on the worldly aspects of life, but rather constantly emphasize things of the supernatural, transcendent realm of God the Creator. We need to focus on the things of God, rather than on the evil system of this world (1 John 2:15-16). We should not center our lives around worldly passions because the things of this world are fading away. Christians need to focus on the unseen realities of this world such as God Himself and our eternal destinies.

           The phrase "walking by faith" is a reference to how we should act. It describes how our lifestyles should be in Christ. When we walk by faith, we are considering the possible eternal consequences of our actions. We are looking into the future. To view life through the lens of faith is to know and obey God at all costs. It means having the courage to stand out, even if every other member of a civilization is partaking of a different, foreign route of life. 

           To walk by faith means to continually entertain the things of God. We must always act in accordance to His will, which is true righteousness. While those who chose to do God's will are promised heavenly rewards (Matthew 16:27; Galatians 6:7-9), those who reject His precepts will be eternally punished (John 3:16-18; Matthew 25:41-46). To walk by faith means acting against the corrupted whims of society. Walking by faith requires us to tune the radio of our hearts to the signal waves provided by God through the Holy Spirit. We walk by faith through the consideration of the eternal consequences of our overall actions. We examine the morality of our decisions by living in according to His will, as revealed through divine revelation.

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