2 Corinthians 5:7

7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
ESV
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
NLT
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
MSG
7 It's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going.
CSB
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight-

2 Corinthians 5:7 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, and not by sight.
] Faith is a grace which answers many useful purposes; it is the eye of the soul, by which it looks to Christ for righteousness, peace, pardon, life, and salvation; the hand by which it receives him, and the foot by which it goes to him, and walks in him as it has received him; which denotes not a single act of faith, but a continued course of believing; and is expressive, not of a weak, but of a strong steady faith of glory and happiness, and of interest in it: and it is opposed to "sight": by which is meant, not sensible communion, but the celestial vision: there is something of sight in faith; that is a seeing of the Son; and it is an evidence of things not seen, of the invisible glories of the other world; faith looks at, and has a glimpse of things not seen, which are eternal; but it is but seeing as through a glass darkly; it is not that full sight, face to face, which will be had hereafter, when faith is turned into vision.

2 Corinthians 5:7 In-Context

5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

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Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 13:12; S 2 Corinthians 4:18