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Sunday, May 7, 2017

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

  • The Scripture Passage Being Examined Cited In Context:
           -"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) 
  • The Meaning Of Walking By Faith, Rather Than Walking By Sight:
           -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 things of mankind (1 John 2:15-16). The commandments of men should be disregarded completely because the commandments of God are infinitely more perfect and superior to them in every way. We should not be afraid of men inflicting harm on us because they have no say in our eternal destinies. Neither can they destroy our spirits. Therefore, we need to fear God because He possesses the authority to judge and condemn unrepentant souls. It is through His will that we exist. We should not center our lives around worldly passions because they are in themselves finite and thus have no bearing on our eternal destinies. The intangible things of the spiritual realm should be our primary focus because they involve the things of God, which are infinite. Christians need to focus on the unseen realities of this world such as Jesus Christ and our eternal spiritual destinies. For these reasons, Christians have been called to act contrary to the pursuits of this world.  
  • Walking By Faith:
           -The phrase "walking by faith" is a reference to how we should act. It describes how cultures should conduct themselves or how a lifestyle should be governed. 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 engage in the preservation and fortification of God's impeccable moral qualities. We must always remain faithful to God's will. 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 divine Person of 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 according to His will, as revealed through divine revelation.