December 3, 2017

Things Which Are Not Seen – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“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.” (II Corinthians 4:18)

It is obvious, when we look at the life of the apostle Paul, that he was able to focus on, and evaluate choices and circumstances in view of eternity. Christians talk about this, but it is one of the most difficult concepts to actually put into practice. Physical things loom large in our eyes. Sometimes that is all we see. Paul says he does not look at such things. Expressed in the irony of the paradox, he does not look at what is seen, rather he looks at what is not seen.

It is easy to see and think about temporal things but hard to see and think on eternal things. Spiritual nearsightedness is all too common and subtlety distorts our perspective.

The authors of the New Testament were embroiled in strife with the carnal minded, immersed in the cup of suffering the Lord predicted (Mark 10:38-39), but still managed to keep their sights on the eternal. Consider how often “eternity” seasons their Spirit inspired words. The redemption that Christ purchased for us with His blood is nothing less than “eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12) and therefore “He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” (Hebrews 5:9). Consequently, as joint-heirs with Him, “those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance,” (Hebrews 9:15). ” He encourages us to remember that “the God of all grace…called you to His eternal glory in Christ,” (I Peter 5:10) and to remember that God has there provided for us “eternal dwellings,” (Luke 16:9).

All of these eternal things—eternal redemption, eternal salvation, eternal inheritance, eternal dwellings, and eternal glory—are of infinitely greater value than the temporal things that crowd our minds and limit our goals. They are not to be compared with temporal distractions that are all, no matter how appealing, passing away. It is significant that the phrase “eternal life” occurs no less than 44 times in the New Testament. God speaks of it often, and so should we!

The last eternal thing mentioned in the Bible is the key to obtaining all eternal blessings. It is the “eternal gospel.”

“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;” (Revelation 14:6).

Let’s determine to submit to it and fill our hearts with it.

 

 

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