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Preaching Series on 2 Corinthians (4 of 5)
2 Corinthians 5:1-21 Commentary
by Lois Malcolm
[This is Week 4 of a 5-week preaching series on 2 Corinthians.]
Preaching text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21; accompanying text: Mark 8:22-26 Theme: Walk by Faith not Sight As Paul has maintained, all of this takes place amid everything we undergo in bodies. Every momentary affliction -- every pathos we undergo -- now becomes a place where the excess of an “eternal weight of glory” gets worked out in our lives. This takes place precisely as we interpret what we can see, what is temporary in our lives, from the standpoint of what we cannot see, what is eternal.
To describe how all this takes place in our lives, Paul mixes two classic metaphors for mortal vulnerability: nakedness and a tent. Longing to be “clothed” with a heavenly “building,” we groan -- much like a mother groans as she gives birth to a child -- yearning for protection against life’s vicissitudes and a permanent space for ourselves. But amid all this God is producing the very ...
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