Rejoice In Suffering
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. – Romans 5:3-4
The walk of a Christian is not easy. There will be moments of suffering, and we are called to rejoice when we experience them. As long as we continue to remain in this imperfect world, there will be suffering.
But I believe this is intentional. For without suffering, there would be no way for us to fully experience the glory of God. While on earth, we live with hope–we continue to yearn for union with God after this life. And while we endure our sufferings, we build up tolerance for pain, which builds up important qualities like patience, which increases our hope because we are forced to depend on God rather than ourselves.
Who Is Worth Dying For?
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8
Who would you die for? Everyone will likely respond differently. Some will die for their family; others will die for their friends; yet few may even be willing to die for a stranger.
Sacrificing one's life is a tall order–the ultimate act of selfless love.
Christ died for all of us who are condemned sinners. He commited the ultimate act of love for all eternity. That's the magnitude and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Adam vs Jesus
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:18-19
Here's a little chart comparing the two Biblical stars:
|First sinner||First non-sinner|
|First person to live an unrighteous life||First person to live a righteous life|
|Brought death and condemnation to all||Brought life and reconciliation to those who receive him|
Oddly enough, they both share quite a few patterns. Adam opened as the star of the old testament; Jesus opened as the star of the new testament.
An important distinction I want to point out is that Adam brings death to all. Jesus brings life and reconciliation to many, but not all; only those who receive Jesus can share in his glory.
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