Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dead Come Alive

In 1 Peter 2:18-25, Peter encourages Christian slaves to submit to potentially harsh treatment from un-Christian masters. He says, "if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God," (1 Pet 2:20). His justification for this command to endure is the example of Christ who, "when they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats," (1 Pet 2:23). One strong reason for Christ enduring such persecution willingly and humbly, is because His Father called him to that, and promised that not even death would be able to hold him. We, through belief in Christ, have the same enduring hope beyond the grave - so we can endure suffering with patience and humility. I find it immensely encouraging when I feel wronged to know that the God I serve is judge of all and promises to one day make all things right. So, I can trust my immediate and permanent futures to Him.

Epoch Church of Jacksonville, FL showed this video recently emphasizing this point: Click Here.

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