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Transcript of Help &
The Economics of Suffering
Suffering Reveals Negatively
Suffering Reveals Positively
God Communicates in this Economy
The hope of glory puts an immense treasure in the heart of the Believer against which suffering makes constant withdrawals.
The Withdrawals of Suffering
The withdrawal of suffering is that God is against me. - Romans 8:31
When Suffering seems contrary to God's plan
When Suffering comes from loving others
When Suffering comes from doing right
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
The Deposit of the Hope of Glory
Suffering is part of God’s means of revealing true faith is necessary and helpful (Mark 4:16-19).
Suffering in the life of the Believer for following Christ is intended to be a living illustration of the suffering of Christ for other Believers (Colossians 1:24).
Suffering is God’s means to purify our faith by removing all that we deem more important than Christ (1 Peter 1:7).
Suffering produces endurance, character, and hope in us (Romans 5:3-5).
Suffering can prove to us that we are walking in the footsteps of the prophets of old (Matthew 5:10-12).
The Hope of Glory is about Time
The Hope of Glory is about Relationship