2 Corinthians 4:18 Only In Faith

2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV)
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Saints of past generations endured all they did, esteeming the suffering even of death as a light affliction, by practicing this lesson. They kept their gaze on things not seen. This is done:

By turning from the things that are seen
When the carnal eye sees the physical thing, it affects the heart. It is not possible to have a heart affected for heaven if the eye is looking at earth.

Only in faith
For it is the only sense at our disposal that reaches into the unseen world.

This has always been the conflict. Worldly men and religious souls have no facility to see the unseen. They can therefore not comprehend what it is we hope for. The pagans of old called Christians the atheists because they worshipped an invisible God. Lost or carnal family members have grieved over the deaths of their loved ones who, having the eye of faith, have died for eternity’s sake.

When one has an eye for the unseen, that which can be seen is of little use.

 

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2 Corinthians 4:18 Only In Faith

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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