swallowed by life

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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. 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.”

2 Cor. 4:16-5:5, Today’s New International Version

I read this verse — I mean really read it — for the first time the other night when thinking about a question Matthew posed in the comments of my last post.  That phrase — “so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” — jumped out at me.  That’s what this thing is all about, right?  The mortal being swallowed up by life?

We will not see all that is mortal swallowed up by life until the end of time, of course.  But we believe that even though we are “wasting away,” we are inwardly being “renewed day by day.”

So we press on.

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