The Lord’s disciples tell us in Acts 3:19 (NKJV Bible) to repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
In God’s faithfulness He is patient with His people and His children. He is faithful and just to forgive our sin when we ask Him to. As we read in 1 Corinthians 13:12 we know God changes us from glory to glory in His eternal faithfulness.
“Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now” (NLT Bible).
So the Lord’s disciples tell us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 not to lose heart, even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For as, 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.
My quote — “In all our days on this earth we groan and moan for the redemption of our bodies!”
So again we are told in God’s word that we are cast down, yet unconquered! Because we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God an not of us.
We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of our Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our bodies.
“This is where the disciples reveal to us, our lives on earth.” We find the scripture above in 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (NKJV Bible).
Then in good old 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 once again we find this: For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, but eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
Now may we read John 3:16- 17 as in, when God sent down His only begotten Son Jesus? For God so loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.