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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
From the Reformer
For we must consider from whence it is that God raises us up to such a height of honor. We know how abject is the condition of our nature; that God, then, should make himself ours, so that all his things should in a manner become our things, the greatness of his grace cannot be sufficiently conceived by our minds. Therefore this consideration alone ought to be abundantly sufficient to make us to renounce the world and to carry us aloft to heaven. Let us then mark that the end of the gospel is, to render us eventually conformable to God, and, if we may so speak, to deify us.
—John Calvin, Commentaries
Pulling It Together
Being renewed (v16) carries the sense of renovation. The old, outer, fleshly nature is being torn down and rebuilt and Christ is being “formed” in you. (Gal 4:19) Besides being torn down, there is then upward motion. You are being built up to God as his nature is built within you. Do not lose heart; “momentary affliction” is part of the process of inward renovation.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers