Article Sections

Treasures New and Old

Elkmont Baptist Church

Privacy Policy
Treasures New and Old
Beloved: Grace and Peace
Called to Light

The Faith Delivered unto the Saints (Part 9)

Unfolding Prophecy Truth
Archives
". . . the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3
May God bless you all!
Return to top of the page.
Jude, perhaps frustrated that so many believers of the Way now being called Christians by the world, would be enticed and deceived to fall back into both the ways of the world and old failed religious practices, has penned a short, and to the point, letter. Look whom he addresses:
Maranatha Emanuel!
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ,
you
that ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto
the saints.
called. Mercy unto you, and
and
peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort
- Jude 1:1-3 (bold added)
So far we have looked at several topics related to the faith once delivered to the saints.
I hope to continue to share principles, truths, tidbits concerning the "faith which was once delivered unto the saints." The goal? To, therefore, put you in remembrance!
This article will explore another topic regarding this faith, and that is that of "walking by faith, not by sight."
First, let's look at the one and only place where this phrase appears but with all the verses around it for proper context:
2 Corinthians 5:1-11 (bold added):
For we know that if our earthly house of
this
tabernacle were dissolved, we have
a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in
this
tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but
clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing
is
God, who also hath given unto us the earnest
we are
always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at
(For we walk by faith, not by
We are confident,
I say
, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and
to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may recieve the things
done
in
his
he hath done, whether
it be
good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord,
we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
As we read this section of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, we note that his discussion is primarily about our daily living in these temporary bodies. Let me repeat the verses, and while doing so, add a more modern English vernacular in various places to help highlight the discussion. I will also drop verse seven which, as you can see above, is a parenthetical insert designed by Paul to clarify a point that I will get back to further down in this article.
2 Corinthians 5:1-11:
For we know that if our earthly house of
this
tabernacle [
our body
] were dissolved
[
killed or died
], we have a building of God [
a new, eternal body
], a house not made
with hands [
God created
], eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan [
are in pain
and wish for better
] earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house [
our
eternal body
] which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be
found naked [
without a body to live in
]. For we that are in
this
tabernacle do groan,
being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed [
that is, left without this painful,
old, earthly body
], but clothed upon [
with the new body
], that mortality [
our earthly body
] might be swallowed up of life [
eternity
]. Now he that hath
wrought us for the selfsame thing [
that is, to give us eternal life in a new body and
]
is
God, who also hath given unto us the earnest [
our eternal
] of the Spirit. Therefore
we are
always confident, knowing that,
whilst we are at home in the body [
we are still in this old, earthly body
], we are
not living directly in His presence in our new, heavenly,
]: We are confident [
we know it will happen
],
I say
, and willing rather
to get rid of this old, painful, mortal body
], and to be
in our new body in His presence
] or absent [
from His
presence and still in this old, mortal body
], we may be accepted of him [
pleasing
to Him
]. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every
done
in
his
body, according to that he hath done,
it be
good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord [
who wants
to stand in front of a holy, righteous judge with offenses and failures?
], we
persuade men [
preach the gospel
], but we are made manifest [
our lives are
] unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your
consciences.
Do you see the context of the discussion? Paul inserts a phrase right in the middle of a discussion regarding living for God either in this old, earthly, corrupt, dying body, or in a new, eternal and incorruptible, heavenly body. The discussion asserts that, yeah, we'd rather be in God's presence in a new body, but we can still serve Him in this old body. Now when I add back the seventh verse, and look at it in context of the overall discussion, I see it differently.
(For we walk by faith
that is, we are not in our new bodies and therefore can't
see Christ in person yet
]
, not by sight
[
we can't see Christ while in these old
earth-bound bodies
]
:)
Allow me to substitute verse seven with words that are more in line with the context:
"For we walk in these old bodies serving God even though we do not see Him, because we do not walk as those who are in His presence and can actually see Him."
Most preachers interpret this verse differently than what I believe Paul meant it to mean. He stuck it right in the middle of a discussion on walking in our old or new bodies. He closed the discussion with we all need to labor for Christ because we all know that one day we will all stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and will give an account of our lives and actions while in this old body.
What Paul is saying in his little, clarifying parenthetical, is that we are right now walking by faith (we have no choice, we are in these old bodies and not in His physical presence), and we are not yet able to see Him since we are not in heaven in our new bodies.
Preachers use this verse to preach that we are to walk (live, behave, react, think, conduct ourselves) by faith (belief system centered on God's Word and commandments (see the article from last month)) and not by sight (that is by those things we see around us in this corrupt world that we live in). Example: regarding say a debilitating disease, I am to believe that God will heal it based on promises I have read in His Word and not by the reports and diagnoses of the doctors who see the disease advancing.
 [
of the Spirit. Therefore
home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
sight:)
body, according to that
this life in
living godly lives
down payment
absent from the Lord [
to be absent from the body [
present with the Lord [
eternal bodies
one may receive the things
whether
clearly revealed
"
"