Yes, Paul does say it the other way in 2 Corinthians 5:7, and this isn’t an attempt to contradict the Holy Spirit there. His message, in that context, is trust in a Lord you can’t physically see rather than place your faith in what might be set up as an alternative to Him. Evolutionists reject the idea of God because He cannot be quantified, measured, sampled, or empirically experienced. They walk by sight. Some give up the Christian life because they have a preference for the things of the flesh, things they can experience through their senses.
Some are putting their faith in the wrong things while failing to look in the right direction. Consider what God says in His Word about this.
Some things do not deserve our faith and trust:
- Military might or weapons (Ps. 44:6)
- Brute force or robbery (Ps. 62:10)
- Government or nobility (Ps. 146:3)
- Self-delusion (Jer. 7:4)
- Sinful associates (Jer. 9:4)
- Men and women who aren’t loyal to the Lord (Mic. 7:5)
- Ourselves as opposed to God (2 Co. 1:9)
- The uncertainty of riches (1 Ti. 6:17)
But, sometimes God urged us to “see”:
- “Behold the Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29)
- We “look” for Jesus to come from Heaven some day (Ph. 3:20)
- We are to be found “looking for the blessed hope and His glorious appearing” (Ti. 2:13)
- We “see Jesus,” One who by God’s grace died for everyone (He. 2:9)
- We “look” unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (He. 12:2)
- We are to “see to it” that we do not come short of God’s grace (He. 12:15)
- We are to be found “looking for the coming of the day of God” (2 Pe. 3:12).
Obviously, this is a play on words. The only way to “see” the things God urges is “by faith.” And, as Paul writes, “Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees?” (Ro. 8:24b).
The exhortation of the Bible is to “wake up” and think about what it is you put your trust in. Is it a good job? Is it a “perfect” relationship? Is it money? Is it pleasure? Is it things? Is it power and control? Is it family? Is it recreation? What is it? Is it the Bible? Is it Christ? Is it heaven? We should walk by spiritual sight, never by misguided faith!