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Why We Do Not Lose Heart 

Second Corinthians 4.16–5.8 

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • September 4, In the year of our Lord Christ, 2019 


  1. Remember his point 
    1. that since Paul had a ministry of righteousness, 
    2. he did not lose heart, 
      1. regardless of the things that he experienced. 
      2. He lived his life just like the psalmist, 
        1. speaking what he believed and 
        2. for it he was afflicted. 
  2. He continued to explain why he did not lose heart. 


  1. 4.16–18 • Affliction Makes Our Glory Greater

    4.16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
    1. We do not lose heart because of the things he had just written, but also 
      1. we do not lose heart because 
      2. while we can see that our outward man is perishing, 
        1. yet what we are on the inside 
        2. finds renewal daily. 
    2. How did Paul refer to the magnitude of his affliction? 
      1. He called it light. 
      2. Yet, observe what he wrote later in this same letter – 2Co 11.22–33 
    3. How could he call his affliction light? 
      1. It is only momentary. 
      2. It works for us a greater glory, which is eternal and not momentary. 
        1. This is true for all the things we suffer. 
        2. This is why it is important to suffer in a godly manner, 
          1. no matter what or why we suffer. 
          2. Use your suffering to make your future glory greater. 
    4. Paul was able to do this by doing what? 
      1. He did not look at the things that are seen. 
      2. He looked at the things that are unseen. 
    5. Why did he focus on the unseen? 
      1. The things that we see are temporary. 
      2. The things that we cannot see are eternal. 
  2. 5.1 • We Have a Greater House Coming

    5.1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    1. Now relate that to the body and what the body suffers. 
    2. If someone destroys our bodies, have we lost all? 
    3. What do we have from God when someone destroys our bodies? 
      1. Have hands made that body? 
      2. Where is it? 
  3. 5.2–3 • We Desire Our Heavenly Habitation

    2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
    1. Those things being true, 
      1. we groan, we desire earnestly 
      2. to be clothed with that which is from heaven! 
    2. When we lose these bodies are we then naked? 
      1. No, we have that habitation for our spirits from God. 
      2. How can we go wrong? 
  4. 5.4–5 • We Want Life to Swallow Up Our Mortality

    4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
    1. We groan since we are burdened in this life. 
      1. It is not that we want to be unclothed, but 
      2. we want the new clothing 
        1. so that our mortal nature 
        2. might be swallowed up by life. 
    2. How do we know that these things are the case? 
      1. God is the one who has prepared us for this very thing. 
      2. He has given us the Spirit as a guarantee that He will do it. 
        1. Why would He give us the Spirit, but then 
        2. not clothe us with the heavenly? 
  5. 5.6–8 • How We Now Live

    6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
    1. We have this confidence 
      1. that while we live here and are comfortable in our bodies, 
      2. that means we are absent from the Lord. 
        1. Yes, the Lord is with us, and we are with Him, but 
        2. we cannot see Him now. 


  1. Learn to see that whatever afflicts you it is only making your glory greater. 
  2. Focus on what is coming as your new body. 
  3. Continue to live by faith and wait for God to keep His promise.