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Why All the Suffering
December 10, 2017      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Primers

Suffering is used to break the outer man such that the Spirit of God in us might live out more fully and completely. Jonathan shares the example of his Aunt Gay who battled cancer over the course of the last several years. Suffering is the fertilizer for roots of character.

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Isaiah 53:10 (NIV)
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

1) Suffering helps makes us holy
Hebrews 2:10-11 (NIV)
10 In 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.
11 Both 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.

2) Suffering helps us identify with Jesus
Hebrews 2:17-18 (NIV)
17 For 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.
18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

3) Suffering helps us learn to obey
Hebrews 5:7-9 (NIV)
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
8 Sonthough he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

4) Suffering helps set the pattern for life
Luke 9:22-23 (NIV)
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

         - suffering/rejection = deny
         - be killed = take up your cross
         - raised to life = follow me

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