Suffering With Jesus 2
We who have received Jesus and who have heard the witness of the Holy Spirit that we are the children of God are HEIRS OF GOD.
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
If so be that we suffer with him is a troubling part of the passage. Although we will be glorified with Him, we will also suffer with Him. The suffering is part of our inheritance. Our lives on earth may not be a bed of roses but they will be exactly what God knows that we need. If you have not suffered at least a little bit with Jesus, I wonder how you can be sure that you are a child and heir of God.
1 Peter 4:13: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ*s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 1:5: For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Philippians 3:10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Note that word fellowship. Believers will share fellowship AND suffering with other believers.
1 Thessalonians 3:3: That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
If you have not suffered some persecution or suffering you are either not a Christian or you are a Christian who is not living the way God wants you to.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Psalms 47:4a: He shall choose our inheritance for us . . .
We do not choose our suffering and persecution. God does. It is part of our inheritance.
1 Thessalonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Wise and mature Christians will be able to give thanks in their sufferings because they know that their sufferings have been chosen for them by their loving God.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Psalms 47:4:
Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition. A ship of large tonnage is to be brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a sandbank; should some one ask, *Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?* His answer would be, *Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.* So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession. Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, *Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.* Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love! Trials must and will befall; but with humble faith to see; love inscribed upon them all; This is happiness to me.