Christian suffering produces God’s glory.
Hi! You remember me, Professor Nora, listen, and please do not tell professor egghead, I’m sorry, I mean Professor Egbert that I am delivering this message to you because he thinks he is the only one smart enough to talk about God. Nevertheless, the pastor wants me to speak to you today about Christian suffering and why it is important to understand the glories that follow Christian suffering.
Suffering can’t be from God.
Whenever a Christian is in a situation where they Experiences pain and suffering the first words that come out of their mouth is this can’t be God, the Lord would never expect me to suffer for Him. But, their statement is so far from the truth. The apostle Paul writes a letter to young Timothy, who is a minister of God about Christian suffering for the faith. Paul writes, yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (1-Tim.3:12).
Sometimes suffering is necessary.
The pastor said sometimes suffering for God is necessary. If you have your Bible handy please open it to (Lk.24:46) and read what Jesus said about His suffering. Well! What are you waiting for? Are you going to read the verse? I’ll wait right here until you finish. Jesus suffered doing the will of God (1-Peter 3:17). Jesus said His suffering was necessary (Jn.3:16). Christ suffered once for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God (1-Peter 3:18).
Can you imagine if Jesus refused to suffer?
Can you imagine if Jesus refused to suffer for His Heavenly Father, us sinners would not have had an opportunity to accept Jesus as our Lord and savior and receive the glorious promises that followed His suffering at Calvary (2-Pet.1:4)
God precious promises.
1) God forgiving our sins when we repent (1-Jn.2:1).
2) The Holy Spirit dwelling within Christians who walk in love.
For a better understanding of walking in love please read (1-Jn.2:14),
3) God’s promise of eternal life to everyone who by faith, believes on Jesus Christ for their salvation. Please read (1-Jn.5:1-21).
4) God’s promise of a mansion in His Father’s house (Jn.14:1-31).
Paul ministers to the early churches.
While in prison, Paul, through his letters, ministered to the earlier Churches, which he had founded before his captives, incarcerated him. Paul’s letters to the early Churches is a divine guide in teaching today’s leaders on how God’s churches should and should not function.
Paul writes to the Romans.
In Paul letter to the Romans, he writes about God’s righteous judgment (Rom.2:1-8). God will judge all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men Paul writes (Rom.1:18). Paul said in his letter that the circumcision is of the heart.
Paul continues to write about righteousness through faith, and he spoke about the gift of righteousness, and believers are freed from the law. Paul continues to write about the life in the Spirit. Paul writes to the faithful saying we are conquerors though Faith, and call on the name of the Lord, furthermore presents your bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans Chapter 1-16).
Paul writes to the church at Corinth.
Paul also sent a letter to the church of God, which is at Corinth. Paul writes to the Corinthians telling them about Christ who is the wisdom of God. Paul also tells them that they, like today’s believers, are the temple of the living God. Paul continues to write in his letter stating that God will judge immorality. Paul writes a short note telling Christians to do all to the glory of God.
Paul writes to the saints reminding them that Love never fails, and he speaks about the principles Governing tongues. Paul writes about the Resurrection of the dead, and he mentions the Glories body Christians will receive at the resurrection of the dead. Paul writes in bold letters, death, where is your sting? (1-Corinthians, Chapter 1-16).
Paul writes to the church at Corinth.
In the Paul second letter to the church of God which is at Corinth, Paul writes telling the saints the things he had suffered as a servant of God.
Open your Bible to (2-Corth.11:24-28).
Well! Are you going to read the verses and learn what things Paul had Suffered for God? The pastor said one of my jobs is to encourage you to read your Bible. Paul also wrote about the church while in prison saying, the veil is taking away, and we are treasures in earthly vessels. Paul writes telling true believers that they are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Paul wrote that God loves a cheerful giver. Paul also writes about our weapons of warfare, and suffering for Christ, Paul urging all Christians to examine themselves whether they are walking in the faith (2-Corinthians, Chapters 1-13).
Paul writes to the churches at Galatia.
In Paul letter to the Churches at Galatia, Paul writes that believers are justified by faith. Paul says the just shall live by faith, and true believers are sons and heirs of God. Paul also reminds the churches that Christ has made us free, and he writes about the fruit of the spirit and says boast only in the cross (Gal. Chapters 1-6).
Paul writes to the faithful Christians at Ephesians.
Paul writes to the faithful Christians in Ephesians reminding them that they, like today’s Christians are saved by grace through faith. Paul writes saying put on the whole armor of God (Eph. Chapter 1-6).
Paul writes to the saints in Philippi.
Paul also writes a short note to the saints who are in Philippi. Paul writs Christ, humbled and exalted. Paul writes to the Bishops and Deacons reminding them to let their conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ. Paul encourages all believers everywhere to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Paul writes to those who are struggling for the Gospels sake, reminding them that God will supply all their needs. (Phil. Chapter 1-4).
Paul writes to the believers at Colossi.
Paul continues to write to the faithful brethren who are in Christ Jesus, and who are in Colossi saying, walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. Put on the new man Paul writes in his letter (Col. Chapter 1-4).
Paul writes to the Church of the Thessalonians.
To Church of the Thessalonians Paul writes, I’m concerned for your faith and Paul reminds the church leaders of the Lord’s return. Then Paul writes, for you know that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. Paul also warns them about Christian idleness (1-Thess: Chapter 1-5) and (2-Thess.Chapter 1-2).
What if Paul refused to suffer for Christ?
Can you imagine if Paul refused to suffer for Christ, we would not have the letters Paul had written to the earlier Churches? We would not know how to conduct ourselves in the house of God. Like Jesus, Paul suffered many things at the hands of wicked men. Paul, in his letter to the saints in Philippi he wrote, I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Phil.3:8).
Paul a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
Although Paul was imprisoned by men he never said he was a prisoner of the State, but rather he said he was a prisoner and servant of Jesus Christ (Philemon 1:1-9).
A servant of Jesus Christ is one who ministers to others on God’s behalf. Paul writes, for we are ambassadors for Christ (2-Cor.5:20).
An ambassador is God’s representative on the earth, they represent God’s Kingdom wherever He may send or place them. Paul’s way of thinking about his circumstances will defiantly change the attitude of men who see themselves as prisoners and servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now they have a purpose to fulfill for God, no matter where or what condition they may find themselves. The good news is God is willing to Use us regardless of our present state. Where we are does not define us, what defines us is doing the will of God.
We are God’s workmanship.
Paul reminds us that we are God’s fellow workers; we are God’s field, we are God’s building (1-Cor.3:9). For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph.2:10). Paul said as we have opportunity, let us do well to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal.6:10).
God is a faithful creator.
Peter reminds all believers that if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter, therefore, let those who suffer according the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing well, as to a faithful Creator (1-Pet.4:16, 19).
Christ suffered for believers and unbelievers.
Peter said if a Christian suffers for righteousness sake, that believer is blessed (1-Pet.3:14). Peter writes for what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do well and suffer, if you take it patiently and suffer, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps: who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth, when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to God who judges righteously (1-Peter 2:19-25).
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