There is a short statement of fact in 2 Corinthians 5:7. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” This magnificent declaration is vital for us. But as you well know, the majority of people in this world, even the majority of believers seem to have no problem with walking by sight exclusively. That is not to say that they do not possess faith. Nor would we say that their faith is not exercised. They believe by faith that our Lord Jesus is returning in all His majestic splendor, in the existence of heaven and hell, in the miracles and in the forgiveness of sins.
But do they walk by faith? The context of this particular passage does include the items I just mentioned. For example, this body of ours is groaning, perishing and wasting away! There are those around us who have lost loved ones, have cancer, dementia, and heart disease. So certainly, by faith, we look forward to God’s promise for a new body.
Nevertheless, there is a way to live by faith that we have not yet approached in these examples. Paul writes that “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.” 2 Corinthians 4:18. How then can we walk by faith in a profound and yet simple way so that we do not live as the world lives, but as Paul states?
To live by faith means that we live by what is happening in the invisible, unseen, spiritual world! Those who live merely by sight live by that which the soul and body can comprehend, the natural and the logical. Thus they live by what they can figure out, feel, act upon, see, hear, touch, taste, smell, choose, and speak. However, the believer is the only one of God’s creatures that was designed to live by sight and by faith! Faith has to do with the invisible, the unseen, the spiritual, and the eternal.
So when we live by faith we must learn to live from our enthronement in the heavenlies which is spoken of in Ephesians chapters 1 and 2. We live above the circumstances because we are seated in Christ. We have a new identity because we are in Christ.
Because of all this we believe the visible is run by the invisible. We praise an invisible God, pray to an invisible Lord, live in an invisible kingdom. We do not fight with visible armament, but with invisible weapons.
So do we really live by faith or by sight? There is no way to live by faith if we do not live by what we cannot see. We will struggle to live by what we cannot see if we do not know what the Bible says about the invisible realm. In brief, our spirit, our identity, our kingdom, our victory, our reign, our strength, our joy, our peace, our love, our Savior, Lord, Spirit, and our armament are all dependent on living by faith. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things, which are not seen, are eternal!