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What do YOU mean when you quote 2 Cor 5:7? As you know, different people have different ideas and understandings of the Scripture, and this verse is a phrase that’s become almost cliche now to say—which means it’s overused and when spoken has almost very little to do anymore with the original thought in its biblical context. I understand that we live by faith (walk means live) if we are in Christ. But... What is your understanding about the meaning of walking by faith, not sight?

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  • Some time ago I heard a preacher give a really good definition of the difference between living by faith and by sight.  He said to picture a person walking the streets with a Bible tucked under their arm. To all around there goes a devout Christian, what they don’t know is that the person has never opened and read the book in their life.  

    Everyone sees that person and makes the same mistake, they walk by sight, and make assumptions based on sight, whereas the Spirit knows the truth.  If we walk by the spirit then we would also know the truth.

    • Thanks for your reply. It’s true that often people will look on outward appearances and pass judgment. It’s commonly said that only God knows hearts. 

  • Hi there. I agree that there are many times scripture gets quoted and often out of context. We need to truly be discerners. 

    Speaking of that, consider the context of that verse. Paul is contrasting the temporary things of this world (even our own bodies) with the things that are eternal, things we don't see. Even though we do not see the things to come we press on trusting that what we hope in will come to be and we do what pleases Him while we wait for that. 

    For me personally the whole concept of walking by faith is realizing that my puny life is part of something much bigger and it's not about me at all, it's about God and His purposes and I want to trust Him to use me for His purposes even though I do not see how it all fits together and such.

    • Annette, thanks so much for taking time to read and reply. Yes, we must be discerning, and I ask God to illuminate the true meaning to me when I read scripture. Studying together is a blessing. In context, the verse isn’t commanding anything but is saying we walk by faith not by sight. To me, Saint Paul realized that they and he already were walking by faith. Generally, when this verse gets said to me, the person is telling me that I need to walk by faith, not sight, and I feel like the person is  telling me I’m not in the Christian faith, judging me or something. I have already believed to the saving of my soul and have new life in Christ. I look forward to spending eternity with Christ. So I’m not certain what else this verse entails other than tgat those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior live by faith not by sight since we’ve never seen Jesus or heaven and didn’t personally witness His resurrection, and yet we believe in Him even though we haven’t seen. 

      • Amanda, 

        It is very easy for even a person of faith to walk in unbelief. We do it everyday. The gospel (good news of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and return) is not only for the moment of salvation but it is truly good news for every moment of our lives every situation, every decision we have to make, every action we are to take. Unfortunately we are in process, sanctifying process and each step requires faith. So as we walk in our lives we have a choice.... by faith or by sight. Let me give you an example. 

        This morning I am thinking about my to do list. It's long and necessary but my choice is this... will I enter the day with the thought that I am about all of these things that I see need to be done and firmly stick to the plan OR will I enter the day with the attitude that says Lord, I am Your servant and You know about these things but I want to be available for whatever YOU have and I will trust You to lead me along? One only requires sight, the other faith. 

        So what happens in the day when I'm about my day and I feel a prompting to stop and ask a person I don't know how they are today. Do I keep on with my list and ignore the prompting or do I by faith believe that the Lord has something in mind with this person and stop my plan and go ask that person how they are doing? 

        I will be eating meals today, am I simply thankful that I have the means to provide those meals or do I by faith recognize that even my very breathe and ability to chew come from the Father and it's Him I trust to provide for the food for the breathe and all else. One is by sight, the other by faith.

        Make sense?

        • Thanks so much for elaborating and offering more clarity on what it means to live by faith from day to day. Just like Paul instructs in that chapter, I live longing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord when my spirit leaves my body (death) and I’m awaiting the new body of the resurrection, too. Most definitely this ‘tent’ I dwell in is being destroyed by autoimmune illness and time (aging process) and so forth. I think there’s a verse in Acts 17 which mentions that we live and breathe and have our being only because of God. I enjoy talking about the things of God. Thanks for talking to me

        • Or how about a struggle for example? I personally struggle with hollaring at my children when they are not listening well to me. My problem comes down to unbelief. I believe that I am deserving of something (reality is I'm only deserving of death) and I'm believing that God is incapable of helping me to deal with the situation without hollaring, He's too weak. OUCH! 

          I am often in need of repenting of my unbelief but praise the Lord the gospel is good news for those moments and I can resume my walk by faith.

  • For we live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV) 

    I'm not very good at this, but I'll do my best. Faith has to do with things we haven't seen yet or things that haven't happened yet. Sight is something we've already seen, realized. It's come to pass. It's easy to walk by things you have seen, but to walk by faith when you haven't seen something come to pass is a big deal.

    Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29: NIV)

    Another great verse...

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

    It's a trust in what God says is true. We haven't seen heaven yet, but people here on earth have seen Jesus.

    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

    I feel like this isn't greatest answer. I hope it helps.

    God bless,


    • Thanks, Mary, for responding. Your answer is a very good one. I love how you defined faith! 

    • Consider Romans 4:17...

      “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”

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