Season After Pentecost (Proper 6 [11]) – The Epistle Passage: Being confident in our faith

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord — for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (II Corinthians 5:6-7)

I had a bit of a technological dilemma earlier this evening. I was able to find a solution; but as I always seem to do, I asked advice of other family member(s). Who, as it turns out, had no better idea than I did as to how to solve it. I did find the solution, on my own. I seem to distrust my own ability to figure out technology, and assume that others are better able to do it than I. That is not always the case.

Can you see, beloved reader, how this might relate to these first two verses? (Admittedly it might be a tenuous relating.) I could not see the solution to my technological mystery, but I had faith there was a solution. And that I could discern it. Now, we do not have the solution within ourselves to salvation. But we have the faith within to reach out to the Divine.

“Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.” (Verses 8 – 10)

Now Paul puts the greater emphasis on shunning the physical body and clinging more to the spirit and the soul. But we know that the body and soul/spirit have an intimate connection. And our bodies do not keep us from the Divine, but give us the ability to live out the commission and practice the law of love. It is our confidence that we can supplant our own the will and direction for the Spirit’s. So for the purposes of this reflection, I am emphasizing our confidence in our faith.

“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” (Verses 11 – 13)

Paul had confidence in himself as an emissary and minister of the Lord God. He could not have traveled and preached as he did if he had not that confidence. It was confidence he received as a result of his calling and faith, but it was confidence nonetheless.

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (Verses 14 – 17)

Let me ask you this beloved reader – would you give up worldly possessions and agenda if you were not confident that the Lord Jesus Christ lived and died, and then arose taking his place heaven beside the Lord God Creator? It takes confidence and faith to give up what the world has to offer, and instead live an authentic Christian life. More confidence and faith than it takes to master technology! And may your confidence and faith in the Divine Lord God be rewarded in this life and the life to come! Selah!

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