“But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not 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.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. “ (II Corinthians 4:13- 5:1)
The writer of II Corinthians is speaking of his own experience and perspective. It is a little disconcerting to start reading in mid-chapter; one tends to want to have some orientation as to what the writer is talking about. I wish I could provide some firm footing for you, beloved reader; however the writer of II Corinthians is simply speaking/writing forth on theology, faith and spiritual issues.
There are two ways to deal with such writings. One is to read through and go on to the next section or chapter; to assume that the writer knows what he is talking about, and take what can be gained with a basic read through. The other way is to study it and consider it thoroughly and carefully, seeking out each nuance and nugget. This is the task of commentators; and I do not profess to be one. I did consult some, and each one of them dissects and examines each phrase and verse with great care and great devotion – the writer of II Corinthians would be honored I am sure. Not to mention the honor of being in the Revised Common Lectionary.
What is my take on this passage? Rather more simple than a commentators. The writer of II Corinthians believes in God and the God-self – in the direct line of other believers in God. He also believes the Jesus Christ was from God and of God. And all that was done was for our sake. Further, this life is temporary so we should not be upset if this life is hard. There will be a life and existence to come that will be spent with God; and it will be much better than this one.
Beloved reader, there are many ways to talk about our theology, faith issues, and spirituality. There are a smaller number of ways to live it out. But there is only one God-self to follow. May you find your way to do so. Selah!