2 corinthians 5:7

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Seen and unseen

We walk by faith and not sight, because on the basis of the past, visible acts of God in Christ, and because of the compelling testimonies to these acts in the apostles, we now trust in this living Christ and what he promises to be for us, though we do not now see him.

Paul says it like this in Romans 8:24-25: "In hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it."

Peter puts it like this: "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8).

I have never seen the risen Christ in the flesh. But his Spirit has enabled me to see his self-authenticating glory in the Biblical witnesses. The Christ that I see there, has won over my mind and my heart.

So I say with Paul in Galatians 2:20, "I live by faith [not sight] in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me."

- John Piper