One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in religious contexts) a person's occupation, calling, or status.
- ‘Those that bear the nature of the flesh are in a state of death, while those that bear the nature of the Spirit are in a state of life.’
- ‘Others, particularly in the modern period, have envisioned their heavenly reward as a state of life after death in heaven with God.’
- ‘As Catholics, we finally believe that our story is part of God's story, and therefore reject the notion that any human form or state of life is useless.’
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