Sermon Notes/September 26, 2010
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church/Pastor Milton Vincent
FIVE WAYS TO ALLOW YOUR JUSTIFICATION TO SHAPE THE WAY YOU RESPOND TO HARDSHIP AND TRIALS
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!