Renewal (2 Cor. 4:16)


We do not lose heart.

Even though our outer nature

Is wasting away,

Our inner nature

Is being renewed

Day by day.”

Διὸ οὐκ ἐγκακοῦμεν, ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ ὁ ἔξω ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος διαφθείρεται, ἀλλ’ ὁ ἔσω ἡμῶν ἀνακαινοῦται ἡμέρᾳ καὶ ἡμέρᾳ.

Paul said that we do not lose heart or grow weary (Διὸ οὐκ ἐγκακοῦμεν).  Even though our outer human nature (ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ ὁ ἔξω ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος) is wasting away (διαφθείρεται), our inner nature (ἀλλ’ ὁ ἔσω ἡμῶν) is being renewed (ἀνακαινοῦται) day by day (ἡμέρᾳ καὶ ἡμέρᾳ).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀνακαινοῦται, that means to make new or renew.  Paul explained again that he was not getting weary or losing his enthusiasm.  He knew that his outer human body was decaying or wasting away.  However, his inner nature or spiritual soul was being renewed over and over each and every day.  Nothing could keep Paul from his mission to preach the gospel.  His body was slowly getting old but his inner soul was in a daily renewal process.  Do you renew yourself as you get older?

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