Proverbs 12 8-12-18

Our position in Christ is sealed and secure! Our relation to Christ is getting to know Him and learning to trust Him.

Proverbs 12:21 No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

It seems like a good “Prosperity Gospel ” verse, doesn’t it? The problem is that there are too many verses that reveal suffering in store for those who follow Christ:

Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

2 Corinthians 1:5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

1 Thessalonians 3:3-4 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. [4] In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.

2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Don’t confuse suffering with God’s wrath or even His discipline. Suffering is what happens on the outside; we are interested in what is going on inside us!

Our POSITION in Christ is taken care of for us by the work of the Holy Spirit. HE is the Agent of transformation:

  1. He wakes us up,
  2. He picks us up and
  3. Moves us across the Great Divide,
  4. He cleans us up,
  5. He gives us a white robe, sandals, and the ring of sonship,
  6. He signs adoption papers and receives us with gladness and great joy!
  7. He even seats us with Him in heavenly places!
  • Our relation to Christ is another matter. It is the interactive part of our relationship. We are blameless (Jude 24), but we are not mature and complete in Christ, yet. He takes great pleasure in recreating Himself in us, revealing Himself and His will to us, walking us through hard times (and carrying us through others), and teaching us how to be like Him by revealing Himself to us. We may be suffering on the outside, but inwardly, we are being made into His image.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. [17] For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. [18] So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Today, let’s fix our eyes on the eternal: our relationship with Him and our home in Heaven–IN OUR NEW BODIES! No more sin nature! Won’t that be something?!

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