What does it mean? “walk by faith and not by sight”

2 Corinthians 5:7 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It is so simple and yet so complicated. It is so powerful and yet so difficult all wrapped up together. So today we need to unwrap this and discover just how we are supposed to do this. The Bible often gives these commands and statements that people at church seem to assume we all understand. But many of us struggle to know what the heck the verse is talking about, and I don’t mean that disrespectfully.

The whole of this chapter (and remember we have to look at every verse in the context of the chapter and book where it appears), is dealing with the new creation in Christ. In verse 17 it states that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new. Many of us know that verse. In the context of this chapter, Paul is saying that we live in a body made of flesh. We are frustrated because we know that one day we will have bodies that are made for heaven; bodies which are incorruptible and will never ache or die. We will never again get sick or weak, and we will be with the Lord and we will be like him). In the meanwhile we wait for that day to come. However there is more to us than body. We are also spirit, and our spirit man is what God sees.

God is not interested much in our bodies, He is interested in our soul / spirit. Our spirit has been made alive in Christ and it is in this context that we walk by faith and not by sight. Our sight is no trustworthy. Have you ever watched some of the greatest magicians like Chris Angel or like Dynamo? I watch their programs and I see them do things which I know are not possible. It is all illusion. What you think you are seeing is not reality at all. You are being deceived into thinking that what you see just happened. But as they sometimes explain, it is all optical illusions, or a different perspective. So in other words, our eyes deceive us. In the same way, when we walk according to the flesh, we see things that frighten us or get us down or upset. But when we see as God sees, then we have a new perspective. When the Bible says we walk by faith, it means we need to get our minds to believe what the Bible says, more than what our eyes see. For most of us that is too difficult. We trust what we see, but we should not forget that Satan is the great deceiver. Faith is the trust and confidence in God’s word – that if God said it, we will do it. Note that I said do it and I didn’t say believe it. Anyone can believe something, but it does not mean one has faith.

The new creation in Christ is able to understand the things of the spirit. Some people who have never been born again will read this and I will make no sense at all. Others who have the Spirit in them will read this and it will resonate. Our challenge is to take God at His word totally and not to trust in what we feel (our emotions) and what we see. If we rely on sight, we will never have faith the way God wants us to and we will never please Him.

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