What Do You
Simply this: In response to faith He gives the unbelievable legacy of eternal Life.! All else in life is overshadowed by that gift. Mortal man is to be raised from the dunghill of mortality and clothed with unlimited existence as a glorified Son of God.
Right now we may smart under trials of many kinds, but, adds the apostle Peter. “Even gold passes through the assayer’s fire, and more precious than perishable gold is faith which has stood the test. These trials come so that your faith may prove itself worthy of all praise, glory, and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed “ (1 Peter 1:6, 7).
Life with its joys and its sorrows, its pleasures and its pains, its ups and its downs - all our accumulated experience - is known and fully understood by our Father.
Such experiences are the fibers from which we weave a spiritual tapestry that will clothe us for all eternity.
In that day - when the graves are opened and all God’s people burst from the manacles of death - in that day when Jesus Christ appears in splendour in our atmosphere, then each traumatic experience endured in this life will be an occasion for praise!
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Expect From God?
For then we will clearly regard it as did the apostle Paul: “For I reckon that the sufferings we now endure bear no comparison with the splendour, as yet unrevealed, which is in store for us. For the created universe waits with eager expectation for God’s sons to be revealed... Up to the present, we know, the whole created universe groans in all its parts as if in the pangs of childbirth. Not only so, but even we to whom the Spirit is given as firstfruits of the harvest to come [i.e., we Christians] are groaning inwardly while we wait for God to make us His sons” (Romans 8:18-25).
A young child has complete trust that his parents will wrap him in total care. So let us express that same faith, that same trust, in our omnipotent yet all-loving Father - no matter what our circumstances may be.
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