2 Corinthians 5:1-8.
Verse 5. The word “wrought” means, that God had formed, or made them for this; that is, he had by the influences of the Spirit created them for this, and adapted them to it.
God has destined each of us to this change from corruption to incorruption; he has adapted us to it; he has made us for it. It does not refer to the original creation of the body and the soul for this end; but it means that God, by his own renewing, and sanctifying, and sustaining power, had formed them for this, and adapted them to it.
“Who also hath given.” In addition to the fitting for eternal glory he has given us the ‘earnest of the Spirit’ to sustain us here.
Verse 6. “Therefore we are always confident.” The word confident here means, to be of good cheer; to have good courage; to be full of hope. The idea is, that Paul was not dejected, disheartened, discouraged. He was positive and happy. He was patient in his trials, and diligent in his vocation. He was full of hope and of the confident expectation of heaven; and this filled him with optimism and with joy.
“Whilst we are at home in the body.” The word here means, literally, to be among one’s own people, to be at home; to be present at any place.
Verse 7, “For we walk.” To walk, in the Scriptures, often means to live, to act, and conduct one’s self in a certain way. It has reference to the fact that life is a journey, or a pilgrimage, and that the Christian is traveling to another country.
The sense here is, that we conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen.
“By faith.” To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and allowing them to influence us as if they were seen.
The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, power, and praise and for the objects this world can furnish.
The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all.
The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true and in reality even today. We have:
1. The promise of life.
2. We have the assurance that sudden death cannot deprive us of it.
3. We have the assurance that when obtained, it will not decay, but that it will meet all the expectations of the soul, and shall be eternal.
WE WILL CONCLUDE WITH VERSE 8 TOMORROW!