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Week 15 By Faith We Walk
January 21, 2013
By Faith We Walk
“For We Walk by Faith not by sight”
- 2 Corinthians 5:7
The book of Corinthians speaks about Paul’s letters to the people of Corinth. It talks about how the Christians living in the area have done some unpleasant acts. The place was practically a located Roman city on the main land route between East and West. It also served to be a known spot for several sea routes. Beside it was the sea where boats could stop by. It was honored with being the capitol of Achaia and basically famous for its intellectual and material prosperity.
Paul has so himself preached at the Corinthians. He shared the good news about Jesus and did his best that they too may become a believer. He accompanied them in the everyday aspects of their lives. He made efforts for him not to be a burden for his fellow Christians. He made a living for himself and didn’t want to ask for any for his needs. He was determined to be a role model for the new friends he made. He was to set an example for them that they may apply how a believer in Christ acts and be shown of the ways that pleases God.
In the long period of time that Paul was with them, the moment came when he had to live that others too may come to hear the good news about Jesus. He had stayed in Corinth for eighteen months. During those days, he would preach the gospel on Sabbath days. He would go to the people and tried to convince them that Jesus was the messiah. He would point out remarks to win them over. His testimony was part of the words he uttered. How he was changed by the Lord remained a miracle for his life. The wonder that God has given him was basically immeasurable. He once lived in darkness but he found the light. The time came when he accepted Jesus and believed. The bright light that shone upon him on his way to Damascus made the big difference in his life. By the faith he possessed on sharing to them about Jesus, many Corinthians believed. The church was growing under Paul’s works. But, farewells have to be made as he was escorted on his way for a greater purpose for the Lord’s glory. He left with the desire of seeing them again in the future by God’s will.
When Paul was far from Corinth, he has heard of issues regarding the church there. It has come to his attention that there were conducts which permits not of their growth. There were discrepancies within the members. Disagreements and unpleasant acts were present which have led to their condition of being stagnant. He resolved the issues which concerned him of his fellow believers that he sent them letters which now are part of the new testament.
On his writings, he said to the church: “For we walk by faith and not by sight”. As Christians, we aren’t like those who tried to bring the hinder Paul’s brothers and sisters in Christ in Corinth. We don’t live by the ways unbelievers of those times were unto. It is by far the obligation of christians of the area to live their lives like those who misjudge the church. It is through faith that we have been saved. You were set free from the bondages of sin that held you back of life. By faith, we walk everyday putting our trust in God’s plans for us.
When Jesus was still here on Earth, there was a time when he was walking along with his disciples. Following him was a large crowd. (Mark 5:25-34) He was off to heal a woman’s daughter who was dying. On his way, a woman who was subject for healing for twelve years was walking in the crowd. She said to herself “If I just touched his clothes, I will be healed”. At that moment, her bleeding stopped and she was freed from her suffering.”
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you, “his disciples answered, “and yet you can asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
For sure, Jesus walked by faith in the totality of his stay here on earth. He didn’t have to see the woman touching his clothes that he come to know that power has gone out of him. It was by faith that he turned about searching for the woman who through faith have been healed for it.