For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 1 Corinthians 13:9-10, NIV
在保罗的传道旅行中，事情没有像保罗预计的那样进展，但是保罗没有抱怨和责问。他很确信：万事都互相效力，叫爱神的人得益处，就是按他的旨意被召的人。（罗8：28）当他年事已高、体力下降，他又说，“我们原知道，我们这地上的帐棚若拆毁了，必得神所造，不是人手所造，在天上永存的房屋。”（林后5:1）世人笑他愚蠢，因为他坚信人可以因信得着永生。他说，“为这缘故，我也受这些苦难。然而我不以为耻；因为知道我所信的是谁，也深信他能保全我所交付他的 ，直到那日。”（提后书 1:12 ）
Things didn’t always work out according to his own plans and ideas, but Paul did not murmur or question. His assurance was this: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).When his tired, bruised body began to weaken under the load, he said in triumph, “We know that if the earthly tent [our bodies] we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1, NIV).The world called him foolish for his belief that men could become partakers of eternal life through faith. But he realized exultantly. “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Timothy 1:12), NIV).
Every one of these triumphant affirmations rings with the note of hope and the assurance of life immortal. Though the Christian has no immunity from death and no claim to perpetual life on this planet, death is to him a friend rather than a foe, the beginning rather than the end, another step on the pathway to heaven rather than a leap into a dark unknown.For many people, the corrosive acids of materialistic science have eroded away their faith in everlasting life. But let’s face it-Einstein’s equation E = Mc2 is no satisfactory substitute for Faith + Commitment = Hope.Paul believed in Christ and committed his all to Christ. The result was that he knew Christ was able to keep him forever. Strong faith and living hope are the result of unconditional commitment to Jesus Christ.