Temporal – A Biblical Word Study

Temporal - A Biblical Word Study


Sometimes we can forget that this temporal life is just that: temporal. We get caught up in the sorrows, greediness, and desires of our flesh. We forget that eternity is all that matters. The pain of this world is a mere second in time compared to eternity in Heaven.

What Does Temporal Mean?

TEM’PORAL, adjective [Latin temporalis, from tempus, time.]

1. Pertaining to this life or this world or the body only; secular; as temporal concerns; temporal affairs. In this sense, it is opposed to spiritual. Let not temporal affairs or employments divert the mind from spiritual concerns, which are far more important. In this sense also it is opposed to ecclesiastical; as temporal power, that is, secular, civil or political power; temporal courts, those which take cognizance of civil suits. temporal jurisdiction is that which regards civil and political affairs.

2. Measured or limited by time, or by this life or this state of things; having limited existence; opposed to eternal. (Noah Webster’s Dictionary 1828)

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we 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.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Our earthly pain is real, for sure. But it is not the end or destination of our journey. Even if we lived an entire lifetime of physical pain or loss, it would still be but a moment in time. As soon as we open our eyes on the other side of glory, earth’s matters will be dissolved and forgotten.

Oh, praise God that He has not left us in this temporal state, but has promised us redemption, salvation, and eternal peace through the perfect work of Jesus Christ! May we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and eternity!

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