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How Justified Ones Suffer

Sermon Notes/September 26, 2010
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church/Pastor Milton Vincent 


Therefore, since we have  been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.   -Romans 5:1-8

1.  Keep exulting in your Justification during your tribulations (v. 1-3).
–  Tribulations: struggles, pressure, afflictions which distress the soul (Rom. 2:9; I Cor. 7:28; I Thess. 3:7)
–  We continue to exult in our Justification even in the midst of hardship.
–  Don’t let trials kill the joy you have in your Justification.
–  Paul was well acquainted with suffering. (Acts 9:16)
–  Paul describes his suffering. (2 Cor. 11:23-28)

2. Be exulting in the tribulations themselves, knowing that God is doing good to you through them (v. 3-5).
–  The Gospel is more than just a tiny piece of good news that fits into all of our trials.
–  There is a golden coin in the mouth of every trial.
–  Your Heavenly Father forces your trials to do good to you. He subjugates our trials to us and forces them to pay tribute to us.
–  God does not necessarily answer us immediately. God uses trials to give us something – endurance.  Notice that in verse 3, endurance is the first character quality mentioned. Endurance first, then the rest of the qualities.
–  In this life, we can even get what we hope for and be disappointed, but our hope in Glory will not disappoint!

“I have learned to kiss the wave that strikes me against the Rock of Ages.”  -Spurgeon

3.  Go to the cross and contemplate that Christ suffered, too.
–  Paul goes to the cross. Christ suffers to the ultimate extent all the way to the point of death. There is no pain we feel that He did not feel at the cross. We never suffer alone.

4.  At the cross, contemplate the suffering that Christ absorbed so you would not have to (v. 6).
–  So that we, the ungodly, would not have to suffer God’s wrath
–  There is suffering we don’t have to experience because He experienced it.
–  Christ spared us from what we deserve.
–  Be thankful for what God is NOT giving you (wrath). But then, be thankful and appreciate what He DOES give us…overflowing blessings in Christ.

5.  Wonder at your unworthiness of so great a love and so great a rescue (v. 6 & 7)!
–  Why me? Be amazed at what God has done for me, a sinner!




Job’s Dilemma and a Mystery Revealed

In Job chapter nine, Job expresses the anguish of his suffering by asking two questions and by touching upon the truth of man’s need for an arbiter.

…But how can a man be in the right before God? (v. 2)
 Job asks the question, “Is there anyone who is perfectly righteous before God?” The answer, of course, is an emphatic, no! Paul tells it like it is: …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… (Rom. 3:23). Salvation is a gracious gift from God; …this is not your own doing… (Eph. 2:8).

…If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him? (v.19)
Who can contend with God? The man who attempts to justify himself before God is not only foolhardy, but guaranteed to fail. Justification is made possible because of the redeeming work of Christ on the cross (Rom. 3:24). By faith and through Christ is the only way to satisfy the judgment we deserve. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1)

There is no arbiter between us who might lay his hand on us both. (v. 33)
We are at enmity with God and apart from God’s Grace we remain His enemies. But there is One who would bring peace, an arbiter, and that is Jesus Christ. Remember that you were…separated from Christ…having no hope and without God in the world…For He Himself is our peace…that He might…reconcile us…to God (Eph 2:12-15).

Job understood the profundity of man’s problem, but the mystery of God’s plan in the Gospel has now been revealed.

And you who were once alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard…(Col. 1:21-23).

The answer to Job’s dilemma, and to our dilemma too, is found in the Gospel.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

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