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The result is an incomparable concert and new friendships across all borders. The art installation of trees in a stadium aims to draw attention to the fragility of forests, but right-wing populists misappropriated the project for their election campaign. DW asked artist Klaus Littmann why. That is what Paul calls "our light and momentary troubles.
He made light of it simply because he was aware of something we often forget. He knew that these painful trials were actually preparing the "weight of glory" which was coming! Notice he does not say that these trials were preparing him for the glory. While that was true, it wasn't what he said here. The trials were creating the glory! Perhaps this throws some light upon a strange statement which Jesus made to his disciples in the upper room. This cryptic statement seems to suggest that heaven was not yet ready and needed some additional work before any guests arrived!
But if we link it with the further explanation which Jesus gave them "but if I go, I will send him [the Holy Spirit] to you," John , we have the strong suggestion that his way of preparing a place for them was to send the Holy Spirit to them. The Spirit, when he came, would give them the power to handle the pressures and pains of life "hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; Thus, the trials were preparing the glory; the hardships were preparing "the place" for them.
Jesus was doing it by means of the Spirit. There is a moving story which comes out of the persecution of the Christians in the third and fourth centuries. One aged saint had spent many years in a dark and gloomy dungeon, bound by a great ball and chain. When the emperor Constantine ascended the throne, thousands of Christians were released from imprisonment, and among them this old man.
Desiring to recompense him for his years of misery, the emperor commanded that the ball and chain be weighed and the old man given the equivalent weight in gold. Thus, the greater the weight of his chain, the greater was his reward when release came. But the reality Paul speaks of is even greater than this.
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He says the weight of glory will be beyond all comparison. The Greek expression is, literally, "abundance upon abundance. Here is the great challenge of a weight of glory, offering indescribable opportunity to those for whom it is prepared. It seems clear, then, that something tremendous is ahead. Not only does daily inner renewal suggest it, and our present affliction is preparing it, but the very nature of faith itself guarantees it. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" 2 Corinthians Paul's argument here is very simple.
The visible things of this life are but transient manifestations of abiding realities which cannot now be seen. If the transient form can exist, surely the reality behind it exists. The truly important thing is not the passing form but the eternal reality; consequently, the important thing in life is not to adjust oneself to the changing form, but to relate always to the abiding truth. It is the argument of Hebrews ,10, and By faith Abraham By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Well, what is it, that is coming?
Like a good chef, Paul has been whetting our appetites and stimulating our anticipation by veiled references to some breathtaking experience yet to come. But now he grows specific. In chapter five he describes the weight of glory in more explicit terms:. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. They are obviously set in direct contrast to "the earthly tent we live in," our present body of flesh and bones. But before we take a closer look at these phrases, note how definite and certain Paul is.
See how he begins: "We know. Many today, as in the past, are trying to guess what lies beyond death. Some have supposed that the spirit of man departs, only to return in some reincarnation of life as another human being. The evidence used to support this is usually the testimony of certain persons often given through a medium or in a hypnotic state who apparently recall whole episodes from their previous existence. But it must be remembered that the Bible consistently warns of the existence of "lying spirits" or demons who have no compunctions about representing themselves to be the spirits of departed persons and who take delight in deceiving humans.
Others have suggested that knowledge of such things is put beyond us, that the only proper approach to life is to view everything as tentative, nothing can be depended on for sure.
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But Jesus and the apostles never speak that way. Christ said that he came to tell us the truth, that we might know. The Apostle John underlines this point again and again, saying, "These things are written that you might know. Well, what do we know? First, says Paul, we know that we now live in an earthly tent. Twice he calls the present body a tent.
Tents are usually temporary dwellings. Once I visited a family who lived in a tent in their yard while waiting for their new house to be finished. It wasn't very comfortable, but they were willing to put up with it until they could move into their real house.
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This is the case, Paul says, with Christians. They are living temporarily in tents. Further, he says that in this tent we both groan and sigh. Do you ever listen to yourself when you get up in the morning? Do you ever groan? It is quite evident that the apostle is right, isn't it? There is the groan of daily experience. Perhaps the tent is beginning to sag. The cords are loosening and the pegs are growing wobbly. There may also be the sigh of expectancy. We feel its limitations. Have you ever said when invited to do something, "I wish I could; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"?
That is the sigh of anxiety, longing to be further clothed.
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