Scripture Reading: John 16:12-33
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Peace—tranquility, harmony, rest. Tribulation—pressed together, oppression, affliction, distress. Good cheer—courage, comfort. Overcome—subdued, conquered, prevailed, victory over. Peace in tribulation as God is with you and victory is secured.
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.35 Cast not away therefore your confidence (boldness), which hath great recompence of reward.36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Affliction—external suffering, misfortune, calamity, pain. Gazingstock—a theatrical word, a spectacle, people’s entertainment. Compassion—sympathy.
Spoiling—robbery, pillage, plunder. Enduring—not capable of spoil, continua, not departing. Cast not—the only one who can eliminate your hope is you!
--The time for receiving reward is after we’re done doing God’s will—eternity.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
Paul is thankful because they are taking their afflictions so patiently. Suffering for Christ is a proof that you believe, that you will be worthy of eternity with the King.
--Tribulation matures you in the faith. Bad stuff is good!
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
It is righteous for God to punish those who persecute His people. If you believe God judges evil doers, you’ll relax. Rest—relief, relaxation. WHEN--Our rest comes when God takes care of the bad guys. Know not—willful rebellion against knowing God. Obey—to hear carefully, listen attentively, heed, conform to a command. Akoo-o is word for hear. Hoopakoo-o. Place under the instruction of another.
When Christ judges bad guys, He will be glorified in believers—He defends them.
2 Corinthians 4:14-18
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Sufering makes you concentrate of spiritual things, things of the inner man. Suffering helps you look to eternity.
Christ has overcome the world, and in Him, you’ll overcome it too. Rejoice!