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Suffering for Christ's sake

Discussion in 'Christian Theology Forum' started by Mighty Bear, Dec 12, 2007.

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    Mighty Bear New Member

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    "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven headsand ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a thirdof the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood beforethe woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her childhe might devour it." (Revelation 12:1-4)"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedby the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.And the tempter came and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, commandthese stones to become loaves of bread.'" (Matthew 4:1-3)"Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:He was manifested in the flesh,vindicated by the Spirit,seen by angels,proclaimed among the nations,believed on in the world,taken up in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16)"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfectin weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so thatthe power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am contentwith weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak,then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the rightto the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates."(Revelation 22:14)
     
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    "He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself."Hebrews 7:27 (ESV)"For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps."1 Peter 2:19-21 (ESV)
     
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    What the Bible says about suffering and trial?1 Peter 2:19-21 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ( Jesus' suffering )Luke 12:51-53 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. ( Family's suffering )Acts 12:4 After arresting him (Peter), he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. ( Peter arrested )Acts 9:16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name. ( Paul must suffer )Acts 23:6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead." ( Paul on trial )1 Corinthians 4:11-13 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. 2 Corinthians 6:9-10 Known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. (Paul's suffering )Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him. ( Suffer for Him )1 Peter 4:12-16 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. ( Do not be surprised )1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. ( A test of faith )Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. ( Do not worry before hand )1 Peter 4:16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. ( Do not be ashamed )2 Thessalonians 1:4 Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. ( Perseverance )2 Peter 2:9 If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. ( Rescued by the Lord )James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. ( Blessed )1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. ( Make us strong )Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. ( Reward )
     
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    Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. (John 16:32 ESV)"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18 ESV)I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 ESV)Home means the temple of the Holy Spirit, our bodies.
     
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