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Summary: To give pattern of living, our lifestyle here on earth must be faith and not by our five physical senses that we use to relate to the inhabitants of this world.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you walking by faith?

Yes.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To give pattern of living, our lifestyle here on earth must be faith and not by our five physical senses that we use to relate to the inhabitants of this world.

IV. TEXT:

2 Corinthians 5:7 (Amplified Bible)

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You taught us how to live by faith and not by the physical senses You gifted to us when You created us. HALLELUJAH!!!

VI. TITLE:

Walk by faith, not by sight

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: Late AD 56

C. Place written: from Macedonia, probably Philippi

D. Purpose: To expose "deceitful workers" and to defend Paul's apostolic authority

E. To whom written: Church in Corinth - 2 Corinthians 1:1

F. Main Theme: Paul had in mind the vindication of his apostleship

G. Keywords: Apostle (2 Corinthians 1:1; 12:12) and Ambassadors of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

H. Key verses: 2 Corinthians 3:1; 5:12; 7:2; 10:2-3; 11:5-6; 12:11; 13:3.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

VIII. MAIN BODY:

2 Corinthians 5:7 (Amplified Bible)

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (King James Version)

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

A. Live or walk by faith

"For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor;"

Hebrews 10:38 (Amplified Bible)

But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (Amplified Bible)

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

Hebrews 11:27 (Amplified Bible)

[Motivated] by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.

The only way to live in this dying and miserable world is to live by faith, there's no alternative, accept no substitutes.

B. Not by five senses such as sense of sight

"thus we walk] not by sight or appearance"

Hebrews 11:1-26 (Amplified Bible)

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.

By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

[Prompted, actuated] by faith Abel brought God a better and more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, because of which it was testified of him that he was righteous [that he was upright and in right standing with God], and God bore witness by accepting and acknowledging his gifts. And though he died, yet [through the incident] he is still speaking.

Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

[Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith).

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