Though Our Outer Self is Wasting Away, Our Inner Self is Being Renewed–2 Cor. 4:16-17
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” –2 Cor. 4:16-17.
Saint Paul wrote his letters to Corinth to remind them of who they were in Christ (and what that meant). Many of the difficulties in the Corinthian community were traced to fundamental theological misunderstandings. In particular, as it pertained to Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Corinthians believed they had died and had been risen with Christ. In other words, they believed they were already enjoying the full benefits of salvation here on earth. Which could not have been farther from the truth.
Paul reminded the church of Corinth that the afflictions they were experiencing were nothing in comparison to the Heavenly magnificence which awaited them. And the exact same message is being said to us today. Though our outer self may be wasting away (v 16), our inner self — by the renewing of our minds and the strengthening of our faith and spirit — is being renewed day by day. We are quite literally being prepared for the glorious days to come.
While you may be experiencing life’s many afflictions of your own, grab hold of Paul’s assurance that, regardless of how things feel or appear today, your best days lie ahead of you! Your Lord and Savior has prepared something so insanely amazing for you that your mind can simply not comprehend it (1 Cor. 2:9). It is, as paul so perfectly stated, ‘beyond all comprehension’ (v 17). Praise God that He has us in the palm of His hand. Praise God for eternal salvation. Your best days are coming indeed!
“Lord Jesus, thank You for going before us and preparing a home for us. Thank You for speaking truth, hope and peace through Your most loyal disciples. Though our flesh is weak, we put all our trust in You. In Your most Holy Name we pray, Amen.”