2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Here is a statement penned by the Apostle Paul to help us focus on what really matters in life. We focus on the unseen things which are eternal. I suspect the temptation is very strong to ignore or put off looking at the things which are not seen. I believe that studying the Bible is one effective way to look at eternal realities. I suspect that this statement by Paul reflects his experience of seeing the heavenly eternal realities when he visited the third heaven as described in 2 Corinthians 12:3-4. While there he heard unspeakable words, “which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” Yet I think there is an interesting pattern in Paul’s letters that may give hints about what he heard. The very next verse in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:1 and following verses may be an example.
For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:
(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1334 for 2 Corinthians 4:18.
(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1355 or in Logos 5 Bible software for 2 Corinthians 4:18.
(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:
2 Corinthians 4:18. look not. Gr. skopeō (S#4648g, Lk 11:35). 2 C **5:7. Mt 4:8. Ro 8:18, 24, 25. 1 C 6:2. Ph 3:20. Col 3:1. He *11:1, 14, 25-27. *12:2, 3. but at. FS31, Is +1:21. not seen. Is 33:17. Ph 3:14. He +*11:13, 27. 13:14. 1 P 1:8. for. Ps 94:13. Mt 6:21. +*25:46. Lk 16:25, 26. 2 Th 2:16. 1 J *2:16, 17, 25. temporal. or, temporary, for a season. Gr. proskairos (S#4340g). Mt 13:21g. Mk 4:17g. Jn *6:27. He 11:25g. but the. FS31, Is +1:21. eternal. Gr. aionios, Mt +18:8. Is 51:11. Lk 16:9. 1 J *2:17.