Focus on the eternal not the temporary-

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NASB..16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

 V.16 despite weakness and suffering we do not give up because of God’s power demonstrated through us and our hope in a future in heaven. Paul kept on following the Lord’s call on his life, as difficult as this was. He acknowledged the physical toll: our outer person is decaying.

As one of the “earthen vessels” with “mortal flesh” we are moving toward bodily death. [A] Yet human mortality and his sufferings were not worth comparing with the glorious spiritual reality that Paul already enjoyed— our inner person is “being renewed day by day” v.18c.  His mercies begin afresh each morning.” [B] Our true self, our soul, has the daily delight of renewed life because of Jesus. [C]

17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

V.17 We are further strengthened in our daily struggles by an understanding of our future in heaven. They were merely a “momentary light affliction.He judged his afflictions as light when measured by the eternal weight of glory waiting for him.

18 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.

V.18 Paul determined not to focus on things that are visible but temporary [seen– his present sufferings]; instead to focus on invisible realities that are eternal [not seen- trusting Jesus one day at a time and the future experience of home in heaven with Jesus and other departed saints.]  Therefore fix our spiritual eye on what is unseen.

How does the glory reserved for us in the future serve as motivation in the now to be faithful and courageous in suffering?

Notes: A- 2 Corinthians 4:7,11; B- Lamentations 3:23b NLT; [C] Ephesians 1:13-14

Henry Luke 5/11/2018

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