Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Commentary our outward man is perishing. The physical body is in the process of decay and will eventually die. On the surface Paul was referring to the normal aging process, but with the added emphasis that his lifestyle sped up that process. While not an old man, Paul wore himself out in ministry, both in the effort and pace he maintained, plus the number of beatings and attacks he absorbed from his enemies (cf. 6:4-10; 11:23-27). inward man. The soul of every believer i.e., the new creation-the eternal part of the believer (cf. Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). being renewed. The growth and maturing process of the believer is constantly occurring. While the physical body is decaying, the inner self of the believer continues to grow and mature into Christlikeness (cf. Eph. 3:16-20).
MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (2 Co 4:16). Nashville: Word Pub.
Weekly Memory Verse
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.