OUTWARD / INWARD MAN

Therefore we do not lose heart.

Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

II Corinthians 4:16 NKJV

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Jeremiah 45:3
‘You said, “Ah, woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am weary with my groaning and have found no rest.”‘

Romans 7:22
For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law.

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
For which cause we faint not,…. Since our afflictions are overruled for the good of others, and the glory of God, we are not discouraged by them; our spirits do not sink under the weight of them; we do not give out from the work of the ministry because of them, but go on cheerfully therein: and the more so, since

though our outward man perish; our outward circumstances of life are very mean and despicable; we are oftentimes in a very distressed condition through hunger, thirst, nakedness, and want of the common necessaries of life; our bodies are almost worn out with fatigue, labour, and sorrow; our earthly tabernacles are tottering, and just ready to fall in pieces:

yet the inward man is renewed day by day; that is, continually; it answers to , an Hebraism; see Esther 2:11 the internal hidden man of the heart, the new man is in a prosperous condition; our souls are in good health; the work of God is comfortably carried on in us; we have sweet and repeated experiences of the love of God; we are growing in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ; and, like the palm tree, the more weight is hung upon it, the more it thrives; and, like the children of Israel in Egypt, the more they were afflicted the more they grew

M Henry writes: Faith enables to make this right judgment of things. There are unseen things, as well as things that are seen. And there is this vast difference between them; unseen things are eternal, seen things but temporal, or temporary only. Let us then look off from the things which are seen; let us cease to seek for worldly advantages, or to fear present distresses. Let us give diligence to make our future happiness sure.

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KIRK’S COMMENTARY

In this passage we have the inner and outer contrasted. The out being our physical reality and inner being our mind, spirit, and soul manifestation.

The Bible also compares a similar yet different character in the new vs old man. The new being a regenerated, born-again person which the Spirit of God leads and the old being the person within each us who was infected by the great fall and who is controlled by the flesh, the world.

So our outer man is kin to the old man and the inner is aligned with the new man, when the Spirit resides within us.

Its the invisible things of this world that are most precious and designed to last forever. These include love, faith and hope. The Word of God is forevermore. Our spirits are eternal. Relationships also extend into forevermore. Good works done in humility to glorify God include rewards outside of this world. Like Jesus said in Matthew 16:20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;”

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, guide my inner, new man to reclaim what was lost and do Your good and pleasing will despite the negative, sinful and worldliness that surrounds and even has invaded my flesh. By Your great power, though conflicted on the outside, I am overcoming day by day. Awesome are You!

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