Eternal Weight of Glory

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on November 7, 2004
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II Corinthians 4:16-5:11

II Corinthians 4:16 Though our physical body is wasting away the inward is renewed. The inward is our heart and life (Ephesians 3:14-19).

Verse 18 Paul did not lose heart or become discouraged because he determined to focus his mind (Romans 8:15-17).

Outward Inward

perishing renewed daily

light affliction weight of glory

momentary eternal

seen not seen

temporal eternal

II Corinthians 5:1 Tabernacle is referring to the human body (II Peter 1:13). A tabernacle or tent is a temporary dwelling place. "Dissolved" means destroyed, demolished -- died.

Romans 8:18-24 I Corinthians 15:42-44

Resurrection of the dead

sown raised

corruption incorruption

dishonour glory

weakness power

natural spiritual

I Corinthians 15:50-54 The change is a mystery. Jesus is the firstfruits.

II Corinthians 5:2 Groan due to a strong desire for what God has promised rather than a preoccupation with afflictions.

Verse 3 A disembodied soul which is a gnostic idea of salvation from Plato not God.

Verse 4 Paul does not seek to escape into a permanent disembodied state. He wants the resurrection and the new body and life.

Romans 8:23 Redemption of the body. Philippians 3:21 transformation of his body to be like Christ's glorious body.

II Corinthians 5:5 "Earnest" - an assurance or token of something to come. A deposit made by the buyer to the seller as a guarantee that the full amount will be paid at the proper time.

Ephesians 1:13 and 14 Earnest of our inheritance. Hebrews 9:10-2; 10:16-18; Jeremiah 31:31-34; 32:37-41

John 14:16 and 17, 26; 16:13-15; 17:3 The spirit is the earnest.

II Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 4:11

The circumcision was God's seal to Abraham that he would absolutely fulfill His covenant. The spirit is God's seal to us that He will absolutely fulfill the new covenant. The seal was not a guarantee that Abraham or his descendants would fulfill their responsibility!

II Corinthians 5:6 and 7 This suggests that to be at home in the body (alive today in these temporary bodies) means that God is not accessible to our sight and in that sense we are away from the Lord. Our accessibility is only by faith.

II Corinthians 4:6 Always confident; verse 8 - we are confident; II Corinthians 5:1 and 16.

Verse 9 Wherefore we labour - if the earnest absolutely ensured we would enter the Kingdom, the "wherefore" would not be so significant.

Verse 10 Judgment seat (Romans 14:10)

II Corinthians 5:11-7:4 The ministry of reconciliation. Paul is not afraid but has a reverential awe.

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