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Suffering is the…

September 24, 2007

necessary path to glory. Jesus exemplified this in His life with vivid illustration. His passion, trial, crucifixion, death and burial were not mere plot twists to increase His ratings for sweeps week in Jerusalem. The Father designed that Jesus would suffer His full wrath for the sins of His elect.

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Hebrews 2:10

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

It would be easy to dismiss the fullness of His suffering as only a necessary martyrdom rather than understanding its purpose is to give example and reason, encouragement and hope for the afflictions of our present lives. For God the Father knew that while His eternal decree assures true children of God the beautiful kingdom of heaven, the time between being sealed for that kingdom and full receipt of that kingdom is a number known only to the Father.

When any gospel promises only the pursuit and guarantee of happiness, it is a false gospel that has no roots in the truth of Jesus’ example. His children, from His own words, will know trouble, will know discipline, and will know dependence upon Him to overcome. That path for the believer is the gospel.

But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

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  1. September 25, 2007 9:35 am

    I can’t help but wonder what great suffering I have to face in this life still and I hope that I can live out “God’s grace is sufficient for me” in the midst of it. Thank you for posting this truth…

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