Suffer to Glorify
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Trial = circumstances not to our liking, that bring non-Christlike values and reactions to the surface, frequently causing doubts about God's promises, which, if responded to in faith and truth, result in sanctification (a shift from temporal to eternal values) and glory
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
I. We resent trials, considering them strange, because our purposes and values aren't Biblical
1Pt 1:3 Blessed be the God...born again to a living hope thru the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance... reserved in heaven for you 5 who are kept by the power of God thru faith for salvation (justi/sancti/glori) ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, tho...grieved by various trials, 7 that the dokimadzo of your faith...may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ 8 yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith----the salvation of your souls. 10 Of this salvation ...the grace that would come to you, 11 glories that would follow. 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be soundminded, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 15 be holy in all your conduct, 16 conduct yourselves...in fear; 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 2:1 laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking 2 desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 tasted that the Lord is gracious
A. Ignorant of God's purpose and promises 2Tim 3:12 all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
B. Ignorant of the refining process of sanctification Ps 11:5 Lord tests the righteous 7 righteousness... His face beholds the upright Jn 15:2
C. Ignorant of God's protection and provision Dan 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach...
1Pt 2:20 what credit is it..beaten for your faults...But when you do good and suffer...this is meritorious before God 21 For to this you were called...Christ also suffered for us, example...follow His steps 3:14 if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed.
II. We rejoice in trials, considering them special, when we embrace God's purpose and values
A. Heb 2:10 For it was fitting for Him...in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
C. Rm 8:17 and if children, then heirs----heirs of God BUT co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we co-suffer with Him, that we may also be co-glorified together. 18 For I consider the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
D. 2Cor 4:16 we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary light affliction, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 18 we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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