The Season after Pentecost, Proper 5: Year B

The Eternal 

  • 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15)
  • Psalm 138
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
  • Mark 3:30-35

Because we look not at what can be see 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. 2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1

We know that God who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us too. Our eyes are fixed on the things that are unseen, what is seen passes away; the unseen is eternal. Faith leads to hope even in the face of adversity. Paul writing to the Corinthian converts declares what it means to experience the longed-for redemption. Anyone who trusts in the Lord can tell of it. We all have the same Spirit of faith in whom we believe; thus we are able to speak, as Paul did.

To know that God raised Jesus from death is to know that God will also raise us. While in this present life we may know affliction, it will merely be transitory, Paul affirms. In our trials we need to focus on what cannot be seen. Our external life – our temporary shelter, or “tent” – may perish; but we know that we will have an eternal dwelling with God someday (5:1).

Carl R. Holladay states “Our earthly existence is now comparable to that of a tent, the very symbol of transience; for, like a tent, our human existence finally folds. In contrast to the earthly tent of our existence, however, God gives us a ‘house not made with hands’ . . . ‘eternal in the heavens.’

For reflection:

  • What are the relationships between: believing and speaking; our inner and outer natures; and the seen and unseen?
  • What does eternal mean to you?

About Sharon Ely Pearson

Wife, mom, grandmother; author, educator, consultant; trying to make a difference one action at a time. Christian formation has been my vocation for 40+ years - and counting!
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