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Belief in God Greek New Testament Witnessing

Die daily for Christ

The Apostle Paul wrote of dying daily for Christ. But how is that possible? What did he mean?

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

He was speaking figuratively, that daily we must die to ourselves as we put self last and Christ first, to serve Him. The context is clear from,

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Because of Adam’s sin, since we are all the offspring of Adam, literally, we all will eventually die. That is a certainty unless you are one of the ones alive when Christ returns and takes those believers into the clouds with Him. The rest of us look forward to the literal resurrection of our bodies at His return.

As a side note, it is clear that the Apostle Paul believed in the literal historicity of Genesis, Adam and Eve and the Garden in Eden. He did not take it a an allegory.

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Belief in God Trials and temptations

He shall purify them as gold and silver

God’s people are as precious metals, afflictions are His furnace, purification is His design. He therefore puts them into the furnace, and He keeps them there until His end is accomplished. But He supervises the whole process Himself: He regulates the heat, watches its operation, and sits awaiting the fulfillment of His design. He will not be disappointed, for if one affliction does not produce the desired end He sends another.–Daily Remembrancer November 11 Evening

This purging and purifying the author here speaks of is personal. A Christian’s life is not smooth. If it was then Satan has us exactly where he wants us. But God uses the devil as an agent for His own good.