The Tabernacle Scroll
“ I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
The believer is destined for GLORY. Believers are assured of the peace that comes to them as they attain maturity in this life and the glory that awaits them in eternity. Both these truths are equally taught in scripture. Our sufferings produce perseverance, which in turn produces character (Rom, 5:3,4). We are also told that the testing of our faith produces perseverance, which leads to maturity (James 1:2-5). Suffering and testing set the stage for development in spiritual maturity.
However, when we consider that this life is only transitory, we should remember that the ultimate goal is not the maturity that we attain in this life, but the perfection of that maturity (character), which we will enjoy for all eternity. True Christian ‘hope’ lies in the perfection of character (not the ‘no more pain, sorrow’ etc., that is so often presented in an appeal to win souls. These are but the benefits of ‘true kingdom life’, the basis of which is holiness and righteousness).
Now we can understand why Paul was able to compare the sufferings in the present life with “the glory that will be revealed in us”. Notice he did not contrast present sufferings with future joy or happiness, but with future GLORY. God intends for us to have the glory that belongs to Jesus who shunned the ignominy of the cross for the glory that awaited him. Jesus was perfected through his sufferings.
Listen to what the word of God says, “When He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2, emphasis mine). The journey in that transformation ‘to be like him' began on the day that we became believers. The process is called sanctification. It is a painful process in this life, which requires a disciplined and Spirit energized approach to the pursuit of holiness. It cannot be avoided. But it will come to an end when we enter eternity. We shall be completely conformed to the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. We shall be perfected in GLORY. Notice too that Paul speaks about a glory that will be revealed in us (not just around us or upon us!). That glory will be an intrinsic part of our being. Wow! What tremendous plans God has for those who love Him!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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” (2 Cor. 4: 16-18).
Therefore, be encouraged! Persevere!
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