Things that Are not Seen Are Eternal

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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 4:17-18

The world tells us to see to believe. Based on that principle, people think that reality is only what we can see with our own eyes. However, there are real things that we do not see. In the first place, there is a microscopic world which we do not see; but which is the basis of all matter. In living things, cells are invisible to the human eye, and even smaller are the molecules that make up the cells, and even smaller are the atoms, which are formed by infinitely smaller subatomic particles.

In addition to the microscopic world, there is a large part of a macroscopic universe, which we only half observe with our own eyes. Those stars that we see tiny at night are really gigantic celestial bodies around which planets rotate that may be even larger than ours. They are planets and satellites that we have not yet discovered; but have been there since the foundation of the world. They have always existed since creation, regardless of whether humanity has been alien to its existence.

Science has helped to better understand both the microscopic world and outer space by means of instruments that magnify the size of objects we cannot see. Through the optical microscope you can see the cells and beings of the size a thousand times smaller than a millimeter. Electronic microscopes make us “see” molecular and atomic particles, a thousand times smaller than the cells, that is, a million times less than a millimeter. Telescopes and spacecraft have brought us closer to stars that are millions of miles away.

But there are things that we do not see with our eyes, neither with microscopes nor with telescopes, which are as real as those that can feel our senses directly or indirectly. There is a spiritual world much more real than what we accept as reality. That which we take for granted today will cease to exist at some point. It is written in Matthew 24:35, Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. The Word of God is eternal and it speaks to us of an eternal spiritual world.

God himself, of whom many deny His existence, is eternal and of this the Scripture testifies in Isaiah 40:28, Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. And there is something eternal after this earthly life, as Daniel 12:2 tells us, And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.

And although we give greater credibility to the physical world than to the spiritual world, it is written that everything we have ever known is going to disappear someday. Revelation 21:1 says, Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Let us try, therefore, to pay more attention to the eternal things than to the temporal things we see. The prophetic clock is advancing and the end is getting closer. It is time to be accountable to God and focus on our eternity instead of this ephemeral life. God bless you.


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