The Fellowship of His Suffering

June 27, 2017

Introduction

Just as Jesus “bore our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4), so we are to participate in His suffering—by barring ourselves from sin and self, and choosing instead to follow what He would have us do. (Rom. 8:17)

 

“Suffering” simply means barring ourselves (or preventing ourselves) from following sin and self. (1 Pet. 4:19)

This is what Philippians 3:10 refers to when it says, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”

 

We are to identify with Christ, not only by verbally assenting to, ascribing to and holding on to what He did for us on the cross, but also by daily experiencing the crucifying of our own “self.” In other words, we are to actually bear our own cross and follow Jesus. (Matt. 16:24)

 

"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered, And being made perfect [complete], He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" (Heb. 5:9)

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