Eyes Filled with Faith and Hope
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
4:16 outer nature inner nature
wasting away renewed every day
4:17 slight affliction immeasurable weight of glory
4:18 what can be seen what cannot be seen
5:1 earthly tent building from God
5:3-4 clothed further clothed
mortal eternal life
physical existence inner humanity
*from one degree of glory to the other (2 Corinthians 3:18)
humanity wasting new life renewed day by day
burden of affliction (weight) weight of glory
Paul is referring more to the future / present rather than the inner/ outer.
◦For we look to the things…(future)
◦Paul has his eye toward the eternal character of the future
5:1-5, For (referring to what Paul just said)
tent -> destructible body of the believer in Christ (human / temporary)
building from God -> indestructible body of the believer in Christ
vs. 1, if - some will not meet destruction, there will be those who are present at the time of Jesus’ return.
Hebrews 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,[a] then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
◦tent of meeting (tabernacle)
◦temple (in heaven)
vs. 2-4, groaning - deep longing for New.
Question: Do you long for the newness that comes from heaven? If so, how does this affect the way that you live?
putting on - the ultimate form of clothing. Dressed in the greatest possible way.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
vs. 5, Tthe image of life swallowing up mortality points to the future ultimate change toward which Paul moves in the present experience of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
Romans 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
vs. 6, So (Conclusion of thought)
Courage -> there is a dread in fully knowing the partiality of our experience with Christ. We aren’t yet glorified. We are being transformed into the image of Christ. (in the process)
◦Already / Not yet
Paul has his eye (not by sight) on the future glory.
Question: Are you a person of courage and confidence who presses on towards the things that can not be seen?
Paul’s contemporary’s (other teachers) were teaching a separated spiritual experience, absent of the physical.
◦Paul is speaking directly against this claim.
vs. 7-9, The aim of a child of God is to please their father.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Question: How is your life, character, and witness pleasing to God? Is pleasing God part of your daily, routine, thought process? Is this your aim, or is your aim something else? How do you keep your affections for Jesus vibrant and life giving?
vs. 10, Who will be ready for Jesus?
◦those who avoid affliction, seek earthly comfort, and create ‘spiritual’ experiences
◦those who put their life on the line, filled with courage, for the sake of the gospel
(bold, new covenant, Spirit empowered)
for we all -> those who are in Christ
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Do not to lose heart (4:16)
discover a purpose in affliction (4:17)
grasp the mystery of the invisible world behind the visible (4:18)
understand that houses and clothes of this world are not permanent realities (5:1–5)
experience the guarantee of the Spirit as life from the future (5:5)
please God in life and thought (5:9)
treat mortality realistically as an exile from God (5:6–9)
await divine judgment confidently (5:10)