The presence of God (2 Cor. 4:14)

“Because we know

That the one

Who raised the Lord Jesus

Will raise us also

With Jesus.

He will bring us

With you

Into his presence.”

εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν Κύριον Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἡμᾶς σὺν Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν.

Paul said because we know (εἰδότες) that the one who raised (ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας) the Lord Jesus (τὸν Κύριον Ἰησοῦν) will raise us also with Jesus (καὶ ἡμᾶς σὺν Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ).  He will bring us with you into his presence (καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν).  Paul explained that they knew that God, who had raised up the Lord Jesus, would also raise up them through Jesus Christ.  They would all be in the presence of God for eternity.  Do you have a belief or confidence in your eternal life?

The presence of God (1 Cor. 1:29)


No one might boast

In the presence of God.”

ὅπως μὴ καυχήσηται πᾶσα σὰρξ ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ.

Paul said that thus (ὅπως) no one or all human flesh (πᾶσα σὰρξ) might not boast (μὴ καυχήσηται) in the presence of or before God (ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσηται, that means to boast or glory proudly.  Paul wanted to be clear.  No one, not any human, should boast before God.  Not boasting was also a Jewish virtue.  Paul indicated that this boasting was putting oneself ahead of God.  They could only boast in God, the Lord, Jesus, not in themselves.  Do you boast or put yourself ahead of God?

Plural Model of Salvation

Jesus may not be the only Savior.  We can learn from other religions.  New is not wrong, just like the ideas of slavery have changed.  This psychology of faith says we have to follow the example of Jesus, really experience the presence of God in Jesus.  The Christian mission to teach all remains, but Christianity is not the final or superior religion.  Christianity is the best good news, not the only good news.  We appreciate all colors, but those in love say that the most beautiful woman in the world is the women that that they love.