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Present Pain And Suffering And Future Glory

Pain And Suffering And Future Glory

Psalms 50:14-15

14“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15and call on me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

Romans 8:16-18

14For those who are led by the Spirit of God
are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received
does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear
again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about
your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba,
Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit
that we are God’s children. 17Now 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.

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth
comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the
children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was
subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by
the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21thath
the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage
to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the
children of God.

Isaiah 53:5-6

5But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

6We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

1 Peter 4:1-5

Living for God

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm
yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever
suffers in the body is done with sin. 2As a result,
they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for
evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what
pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness,
orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised
that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and
they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account
to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For
this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those
who are now dead, so that they might be judged according
to human standards in regard to the body, but live according
to God in regard to the spirit.

7The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of
sober mind so that you may pray. 8Above all, love each other
deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer
hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you
should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the
very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with
the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be
praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the
power for ever and ever. Amen.

Mark 14:32-38

32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to
his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33He took Peter,
James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply
distressed and troubled. 34“My soul is overwhelmed with
sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here
and keep watch.”

35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed
that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36“Abba, Father,”
he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.
Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.
“Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep
watch for one hour? 38Watch and pray so that you will not fall
into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Peter 5:8-11

To the Elders and the Flock

1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a
witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the
glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is
under your care, watching over them—not because you must,
but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not
pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3not lording
it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the
flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive
the crown of glory that will never fade away.

5In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your
elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one
another, because,

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that
he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.

8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him,
standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of
believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of

10And 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. 11To him be
the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 11:24-25

24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as
the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25He chose to be mistreated along
with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures
of sin. 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater
value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to
his reward.

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this
all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard
pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in
despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not
destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of
Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our
body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to
death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed
in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but
life is at work in you.

13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since
we have that same spirit ofc faith, we also believe and therefore
speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with
you to himself. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace
that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to
overflow to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting
away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light
and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that
far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what
is unseen is eternal.

Hebrews 2:9-10

Warning to Pay Attention

1We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we
have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For since the message
spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and
disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape
if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was
first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who
heard him. 4God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various
miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according
to his will.

Jesus Made Fully Human

5It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come,
about which we are speaking. 6But there is a place where someone
has testified:

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,

a son of man that you care for him?

7You made them a little lower than the angels;

you crowned them with glory and honor

8and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not
subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject
to them. 9But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels
for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he
suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death
for everyone.

10In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God,
for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of
their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11Both the one who makes
people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus
is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;

in the assembly I will sing your praises.”

13And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says,

“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity
so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power
of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were
held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he
helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17For this reason he had to be made like
them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful
and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement
for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself suffered when he was tempted,
he is able to help those who are being tempted.