suffering & hope – a fellowship

Paul and the fellowship of suffering.  This idea, this realization comes from a Beth Moore bible study called Children of the Day

Either directly in the text or via footnotes in my old NIV (1987) I found Paul talking about sharing in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, Philippians 3:10.  I’d come across it before but never did it hit me so hard:  Christ suffered, therefore we are to arm ourselves with the attitude that we may suffer, 1 Peter 2:21 & 4:1.  In chapter 2 an argument can be made that we were called to suffer and somewhere else it says we have not yet suffered to the point of bloodshed, Hebrews 12:4.

Long story short:  suffering is in the works for the Christ follower.  If we suffer for doing good, we share in a fellowship with Christ.  That gives me hope.


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