"I die daily"

St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians makes the remarkable statement, "I die daily." This would be anomalous, unless understood, coming from one who remained unharmed from the serpent's bite, and who rose at Lystra after a stoning supposedly to death. What did he mean?

The apostle was precise in his choice of words. The material sense of life was losing more of its grasp on his thought each day, because he was gaining in spiritual strength and in the perfect knowledge of God as Life. That which he was constantly discarding was the belief in existence apart from God, over which He had little or no control. The understanding of man as inseparable from Life, because he is the reflection of Life, was deepening.

Man Is Complete
September 25, 1943

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