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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Seen and the Unseen

By faith [Abraham] lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God [Heb. 11:9-10].
For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen.  For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal [2 Cor. 4:17].
And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever [1 John 2:17].
Ever seen a science fiction or fantasy movie in which a character knows that what appears to be his or her world isn't real, that it is actually a short-lived construct from which one will emerge into reality at any moment?  What would it be like to live believing that?

It would be living like Abraham . . . like Paul . . . like John . . . like Jesus.  It would be the ordinary Christian life.

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