“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience,” Romans 5:3.
Nathan Noel Rogers, use some patience!
Yes, you probably heard something similar from your mom when you were young, too. This was always very confusing to me because my mom would say this, but I heard people commonly use the phrase never pray for patience. I had trouble understanding that. That was until I read Romans 5:3-5. In these verses, we see that “patience” or “endurance” is a trait that is built through difficulties.
Nobody goes out looking for trials. No one yearns for tribulation. I do not know anyone that prays that problems would come their way. But we can rejoice even in tough times! We can glory in the difficult days of life. There is a ray of sunshine even in our darkest period. We rejoice not because the trials are enjoyable. We rejoice because even in the mess, God is up to something. He has established this progressive transformation that is triggered by the enduring of our trials according to Romans 5:3-5.
When we endure trouble, we must see the blessing that is hidden in it. James 1:2 states to “count it all joy” when we fall into these trials and tribulations. Maybe we just need to do as my momma said and “use some patience.”
JUST A THOUGHT
Do you find joy in your trials because you know God is doing a work in you?
“These 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,” John 16:33.
For the Christian, real spiritual joy and peace cannot come from the world. Our joy must come from the One who overcame the world (1 John 4:4, 5). Peace and joy in Christ is a state of mind that sees God working in the background, no matter how bad the circumstances. Paul stated it like this, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil.1:21). Either way, Christ is glorified.
In John chapters 14—16, Jesus spoke words of comfort to His church, which had finally resigned itself to the idea that He really was going to let the leaders kill Him. Naturally, the apostles were devastated. They had left their families and homes and jobs to follow Him in what they thought was to be the establishment of the kingdom of Israel. Parents in Israel had taught their children this all their lives. Now, He said that He was going to let the leaders kill Him. All is lost. Jesus taught them that He must first be the suffering Messiah and pay for mankind’s sin. Then, He would rise the third day and go to the Father’s house, from whence He will return, “And receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).
Jesus has paid for sin with His life. He will return and set up His kingdom and will rule in justice and righteousness.
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. . . . this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven,” Acts 1:9-11.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. . . . Immediately after the tribulation of those days . . . shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:21-31).
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. . . . But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. . . . For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 4:16,17, 5:4-9). Enoch prophesied that at the end of the Great Tribulation He will return in the clouds with His children, who will escort Him to the earth to bring the wrath of God on the ungodly (Jude 14, 15). Revelation 1:7 states that “every eye shall see him.”
As the angels admonished the disciples, we must keep our heads out of the clouds and help win as many into the kingdom of God as we can before it is too late.
Luke 24:50,51; Acts 1:10,11; John 14:1-3; Revelation 22:12
No more important subject can occupy our minds, since most men have false concepts about the return of Jesus. Some believe that it is His coming when one dies. Others believe that He comes every time one is saved. Such ideas, if true, would make it necessary for many returns and would destroy hope of His coming again (Titus 2:13). Some have set dates for His return and we must not fall into that error. Nonetheless, the Bible does teach that Jesus is coming back to the earth again.
I. THE FACT STATED, – “I will come again” (John 14:3).
II. CONDITIONS PREVAILING ON EARTH AT THE TIME OF HIS COMING AGAIN.
It is a mistake to think the church will take the world for Christ before He comes again. Post-millennialists teach this. What does the Bible teach?
1. It will be as it was in the days of Noah (Matt. 24:36-42).
2. There will be scoffers and unbelief (II Peter 3:1-8).
3. There will come a falling away before that day (II Thess. 2:3,4).
4: Formalism in religion will prevail, and there will be a general break-down of morals and true religious principles of righteousness (II Timothy 3:1-5).
5. There will be a Laodicean condition in the churches (Rev. 3:14-22).
6. The fig tree sign will be plain (Matt. 24:32-35; Jer. 24:1-5).
7. The man of sin will arise to afflict the people of God (II Thess. 2:3-13; Rev. 13:6-18).
III. JESUS IS COMING FOR HIS SAINTS.
1. Resurrection and rapture (I Thess. 4:13-18; I John 3:1,2; I Cor. 15:51-57).
2. Heavenly Activity.
a. Judgement for reward (II Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:10; I Cor. 3:11-15).
b. Marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7,8).
3. Earthly Activity.
a. The rise of the man of sin (II Thess. 2:3-12; Dan. 11:21).
b. A peace pact made with the Jews. (Dan. 9:26,27).
c. A one-world religion (Rev. 17).
d. A one-world government will be associated with a one-world religion (Rev. 18).
e. Peace pact broken (Dan. 9:27), and Antichrist sits in the temple saying he is God (II Thess. 2:4).
f. God’s vials of wrath poured out upon the earth (Re. chapters 15,16).
IV. JESUS IS COMING WITH HIS SAINTS.
1. Jude 14 Zechariah 14:5.
2. At His coming with His saints, He will put an end to the battle of Armageddon (Zech. 14:1-4; Rev. 19:11-21).
3. He shall judge the nations (Zech. 14:4; Matt. 25:32; Joel 3:2, 9-16).
4. This will clear the way for the millennium (Ezekiel 39:12-14, 17-24).
V. THE MILLENNIUM IS TO FOLLOW (REV. 20:1-6).
VI. THE RETURN OF JESUS IS THE BELIEVER’S GLORIOUS HOPE (TITUS 2:11-14).
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