Everyone who desires to live godly after the manner of Jesus Christ shall be persecuted. That persecution, however, is not worthy to be compared to the glory that God will bestow on us if we bear up under that suffering as Jesus bore up under His.
At the close of 2 Corinthians 4 and also in the middle of Romans 8, Paul makes the point that while glory will come as a result of our sufferings, the glories we’ll enjoy are all out of proportion to the sufferings we endure.
Our sufferings are temporary, because all of life on earth is temporary. “All flesh is like grass.” How can this compare to heavenly glory which is eternal – that is, continuous and never-ending! Moreover, God’s consolations always outweigh our plights simply because God is generous. He always gives more and does more than we would ask or think.
As He did with Joseph, He makes us forget all our trouble and makes us bear fruit in the land of our affliction. As with the resurrection, He raises us not just back to earth – but all the way to heaven!
Let us therefore consider ourselves blessed if we are allowed to suffer for His name, knowing that His benefits make such suffering more than worthwhile. Let us also never forget that perhaps the greatest benefit of all is not anything that comes later, but it’s the assurance in the moment of suffering that we are honoring Him who suffered for us.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.