2Co 4:7-18; Col 1:24; Php 1:29-30; 3:7-11; Heb 13:12-14; 1Pe 4:12-16; Rom 8:16-18; Heb 4:15-16.
WTROM-139-150819 - length: 53:45 - taught on Aug, 19 2015
Why we suffer as Christians
First, we suffer for our own sake:
Second, we suffer for the sake of others, especially God’s people:
a. Suffering that others may obtain salvation, 2TI 2:8-10
b. Suffering to give others courage,
c. Suffering so that others may be comforted,
d. Suffering in compassion for, and solidarity, with others, 1CO 12:26
e. Suffering in the form of giving sacrificially out of love - this includes forgiving.
f. Suffering that, because of death working in us, life may work in others,
g. Suffering so that grace may extend to more and more people, 2CO 4:15
Third, we suffer for the sake of Christ.
a. Suffering to get closer to Jesus, share in His sufferings
The lacking is on Paul’s side = the suffering with Christ that remains for him to endure in order to complete His mission.
b. Suffering that we may share Christ’s glory.
We bring it to Jesus and trust what He will do with it to transform it into something good.