For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.

1 Corinthians 15:31

“…I face death daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31 – read verses 30 & 31)

Reading Paul’s words – “I face death daily” – it is not difficult to think he is exaggerating a bit.

It is one to thing to say, “I may face death for the things I believe” but to suggest this happens every day, well, that is just over the top!

Was Paul exaggerating when he said this? In his second letter to the Corinthians, he elaborated on what he endured for the sake of serving Jesus:

  • He had been imprisoned repeatedly, losing count of the times he had been beaten.
  • He was scourged – an excruciating punishment – five times, by his own people.
  • Beaten three times with rods and survived one stoning.
  • Shipwrecked three times and on one occasion, spent a day and a night in the ocean.
  • In his travels, he faced regular threats from the elements, wild animals, bandits, as well as people who violently opposed both him and the message of the Gospel.
  • His physical health took a hammering and he often went hungry.
  • On top of it all, he carried the huge weight of responsibility for the growth and well-being of the churches he ministered to.

When you review Paul’s life and ministry, it is not difficult to see why he claimed, “I die daily!”

What was Paul’s reason for enduring difficulties that most of us would prefer to not even think about?

The fact that Jesus had risen physically from the dead!

Let’s be honest for a moment. A co-worker or friend ridicules Jesus and the Christian faith, claiming it is all nonsense, just a bunch of fairy tales. Do we speak up for Jesus, with wisdom, or do we shrink back, fearing ridicule ourselves?

I am not saying this to put you on a guilt trip – I have more than my share of times when I chose to remain silent instead of “giving an account for the hope” that is in me. (1 Peter 3:15).

What I am challenging is our belief in the resurrection of Jesus. Do I really believe it? Because if it is true – and I believe it is – then it is the most outstanding truth of history, literally transforming the lives of everyone else who believes it and giving the world the single, greatest hope it has ever heard.

Paul believed it was so – he faced death daily for it.

Read 2 Corinthians 11:21-33. Does the resurrection of Jesus grip your soul?

Reading Paul’s words – “I face death daily” – it is not difficult to think he is exaggerating a bit.

It is one to thing to say, “I may face death for the things I believe” but to suggest this happens every day, well, that is just over the top!

Was Paul exaggerating when he said this? In his second letter to the Corinthians, he elaborated on what he endured for the sake of serving Jesus:

  • He had been imprisoned repeatedly, losing count of the times he had been beaten.
  • He was scourged – an excruciating punishment – five times, by his own people.
  • Beaten three times with rods and survived one stoning.
  • Shipwrecked three times and on one occasion, spent a day and a night in the ocean.
  • In his travels, he faced regular threats from the elements, wild animals, bandits, as well as people who violently opposed both him and the message of the Gospel.
  • His physical health took a hammering and he often went hungry.
  • On top of it all, he carried the huge weight of responsibility for the growth and well-being of the churches he ministered to.

When you review Paul’s life and ministry, it is not difficult to see why he claimed, “I die daily!”

What was Paul’s reason for enduring difficulties that most of us would prefer to not even think about?

The fact that Jesus had risen physically from the dead!

Let’s be honest for a moment. A co-worker or friend ridicules Jesus and the Christian faith, claiming it is all nonsense, just a bunch of fairy tales. Do we speak up for Jesus, with wisdom, or do we shrink back, fearing ridicule ourselves?

I am not saying this to put you on a guilt trip – I have more than my share of times when I chose to remain silent instead of “giving an account for the hope” that is in me. (1 Peter 3:15).

What I am challenging is our belief in the resurrection of Jesus. Do I really believe it? Because if it is true – and I believe it is – then it is the most outstanding truth of history, literally transforming the lives of everyone else who believes it and giving the world the single, greatest hope it has ever heard.

Paul believed it was so – he faced death daily for it.

Read 2 Corinthians 11:21-33. Does the resurrection of Jesus grip your soul?