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at our not noting what is being observed, but what is not being observed, for what is being observed is temporary, yet what is not being observed is eonian. (2Corinthians 4:18)

This is a very popular verse that gets preached in a lot of circles completely divorced from it's context: and rightly so, because all of the mainstream translations mistranslate St. Paul, or they are translating something other than St. Paul, as in their own doctrines.

The things that are not being observed are every bit as temporary as the things being observed.  And thank God for that! That's the Gospel, rather than the philosophies of men normally taught from this closing verse of 2Corinthians 4.

The chapter begins with talking about the blindness Satan is holding men in.  What we're seeing is temporary.  What is not seen is temporary as well.  The blindness is only temporary, though organized religion would say otherwise.

Ephesians 3 promises that as we are strengthened in our inner man with His oil of joy, and continue in the Gospel, then we'll comprehend and know all of the dimensions of the love of God, and we'll be filled with all of the fullness of God.

Trust me, you don't want what is not seen to be eternal.  That chapter was talking about the struggle against blindness.  James chapter 1 says He'll give you His wisdom without being a fault finder if you'll ask in faith.  The humble should rejoice in their exaltation and the rich should rejoice in their humiliation because He's going to make everyone rich eventually.

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

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