2 Cor 4:16 NASB “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day”
This is truly a verse worth celebrating especially for vain man such as myself. The ravages of age come to all of us and sometimes we pine for our youthfulness, yet Paul gives us something to hold onto for the future, not only will we be getting new bodies at the last trump, but for the time being we are renewed day by day.
This small phrase also alludes to that much bigger theology of the age of the kingdom of heaven. Many preachers use explanation as the kingdom is “now, but not yet” indeed, if the kingdom of God had come in it’s fullness then surely we should have no decay, had the kingdom not come at all then by what method could we possibly be renewed?
This verse gives us comfort and strength when we see our Christian brothers and sisters weakening. In reading about John Whimbers last years many writers were struck by his frailty and stiffness of gait, and yet were repeatedly in awe with the power and peace of his teaching. I’m sure, if maybe if not from this verse but the many others which are like it, it is because John would have stood this promise.