For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. – 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Paul and his traveling companions suffered much in Asia. At times, they even thought their lives would be lost. In response to the Corinthian church’s question of how they might endure such tribulation, Paul gave an interesting answer. He and his friends were already dead. They had all died at conversion.
Simply put, regeneration (being “born again”) is death, death to life in the flesh and a beginning of life in the Spirit. The old has passed and the new has come. In his regenerate condition, Paul could report to the Philippian church that “living is Christ and dying is gain.”
Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” In reality, like Paul, we have no control over many of the events that may bring an end to our physical life, but we can trust Christ for all eternity and that is what it means to truly live!
Can we follow the Savior far who have no wound or scar? – Amy Carmichael