17)For momentary, a light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18) while we a look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (See notes below)


MacArthur Study Bible

2nd Cor 4:17

momentary, light affliction. The Gr. word for “light” means “a weightless trifle” and “affliction” refers to intense pressure. From a human perspective, Paul’s own testimony lists a seemingly unbearable litany of sufferings and persecutions he endured throughout his life ( 11:23–33 ), yet he viewed them as weightless and lasting for only a brief moment. eternal weight of glory. The Gr. word for “weight” refers to a heavy mass. For Paul, the future glory he would experience with the Lord far outweighed any suffering he experienced in this world (cf. Ro 8:17 , 18 ; 1Pe 1:6 , 7 ). Paul understood that the greater the suffering, the greater would be his eternal glory (cf. 1Pe 4:13 ).


things which are seen … not seen. Endurance is based on a person’s ability to look beyond the physical to the spiritual; beyond the present to the future, and beyond the visible to the invisible.


The fear if the Lord, is the beginning of Wisdom. That initial fear of what we deserve, turns into devotion for what we didn’t get. Our God is truly an awesome God.


Great and mighty, are your works Oh Lord. It is you who hold all things together. It is you who created the foundations of the earth. It is you who hold the stars in place and keep the oceans from covering the whole earth. Most wonderful, is that you love us, in spite of our imperfect ways, yet Jesus made us whole. You call us adopted sons and daughters. In all these troubled times, we are truly blessed.


God removes all things in the believer’s life that would hinder fruit-bearing, i.e., He chastises to cut away sin and hindrances that would drain spiritual life just as the farmer removes anything on the branches that keep them from bearing maximum fruit ( Heb 12:3–11 ).


Our slate is wiped clean, there is no memories of wrongs committed, we are free from the bondage of sin, our canvas is empty to start new! Jesus has taken the judgement off our backs for the wrongs done. Do we Believe this? Then let’s start this year with hope, for a new tomorrow, both now, and for all eternity. God is still on the Throne.


Discipline does not equal punishment. It involves so much more! There is training, coaching, correction, encouragement, and at times, reprimand. When you see it done with love, it is a wonderful experience, even though in the short term, there may be discomfort.

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.