Temporary versus eternal (2 Cor. 4:18)

“Because we look not

At what can be seen,

But at what

Cannot be seen.

What can be seen

Is temporary.

But what cannot be seen

Is eternal.”

μὴ σκοπούντων ἡμῶν τὰ βλεπόμενα ἀλλὰ τὰ μὴ βλεπόμενα· τὰ γὰρ βλεπόμενα πρόσκαιρα, τὰ δὲ μὴ βλεπόμενα αἰώνια.

Paul said because we look not (μὴ σκοπούντων ἡμῶν) at what can be seen (τὰ βλεπόμενα), but at what cannot be seen (ἀλλὰ τὰ μὴ βλεπόμενα).  What can be seen (τὰ γὰρ βλεπόμενα) is temporary (πρόσκαιρα).  But what cannot be seen (τὰ δὲ μὴ βλεπόμενα) is eternal (αἰώνια).  Paul made the distinction between what can be seen that is temporary with what cannot be seen, that is permanent eternity.  They as Christians in Corinth were not that interested in this temporary existence that everyone can see.  Rather they were interested in the unseen infinite permanent invisible eternal life with God that can only be seen with the eyes of faith.  Do you see earthly life as temporary?

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