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The Suffering Saint - Part 7

We are at verse 8 and 9 in 2 Cor.1:3-11, and we will wrap up next week with this text. The Apostle Paul reminds this church that he as an Apostle is not exempt from suffering, pain and affliction. He begins that they should not be unaware of the horrific affliction that came to him in Asia, we are not told what it was, affliction remember in the gr…

The Suffering Saint - Part 6

Last week we looked at one reason given by Paul in our text of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, that afflictions that come upon us, like spiritual gifts that are given to us, should be used to comfort or edify others. Jesus said, ”It is more blessed to give than to receive," in Acts 20:35. Our brethren can most certainly benefit from the afflictions we …

The Suffering Saint - Part 5

English Puritan Richard Sibbes writes, "Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night, but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for spring, so do afflictions prepare the soul for glory." As we move along in our study of 2 Cor.1:3-11, we have seen that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Father of …

The Suffering Saint - Part 4

This week we will look at a small phrase in our main text of 2 Cor. 3:-11. Paul has said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” and our phrase today follows, “who comforts us in all our afflictions.” The greek word here for affliction is the word thlipsis. In …

The Suffering Saint - Part 3

This week we will look at this Comforter in 2 Cor. 1:3, "the God of all comfort." He is stated as being the Father of mercies by the apostle Paul, what kind of comforter is He? Paul states that He is the God of all comfort. And who doesn't need all the comfort one can get while being a Christian where the world hates you, the devil is constantly ag…

The Suffering Saint - Part 2

Last week, we introduced a short study on the suffering of a saint. We discussed that we will encounter various trials on our way to the promised land, the new heavens and the new earth. How are we to navigate into, through, and out of all these trials we will walk through, what can we depend on for our confidence to see us through them, and Who is…

The Suffering Saint

I would like to begin a short study on suffering. We already know the Lord has said that many are the afflictions of the righteous, Psalm 34:19; and that man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward, Job 5:7; also that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God, Acts 14:22. So there can not be much argument from the believer…

To Know Truth

What do we know about truth; is there such a thing as truth, and if so, how do we know something is true? We see a witness take the stand at trial and swear to proclaim the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. One can surely agree that knowing and telling the truth in everyday life is important in the physical well being of others, th…

The Crown of Life

Last week we looked at an important verse that will lead us by instruction to Christian maturity. That should be a top goal in the life of any Christian. Now here in James 1:2-4, we can know for sure from the Spirit of truth that these trials which we should look at with joy, though they may not be joyful, for pain is pain, disappointment is disapp…

Joy in Trials

Is it possible that we could count it all joy as Christians when we encounter various trials? Could it be possible that the fruit that would be born out of these trials, gives us a reason as to why we should consider it all joy when we go through them? And on top of that, we also see in Psalm 34:19, that there will be many afflictions that the righ…