Monday, July 03, 2017

Betz: faith and sight

Monday, July 3, 2017
    Feast of Thomas the Apostle
    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. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight.
    —2 Corinthians 5:4-7 (NIV)
    In the [era] of faith there is room for repentance, since each person can decide freely for Christ; in the era of sight, when the reign of Christ is manifest, only judgment is left for the undecided.
    ... Otto Betz (1917-2005), What Do We Know About Jesus?, translation of Was wissen wir von Jesus?, 1965, London, S.C.M. Press, 1968, p. 115 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 5:4-7; Matt. 11:21-23; John 20:29; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen my faith until I see.
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