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The Grace of Godliness - Part 4

THE HUMILITY OF GRACE            Page 5

V.10 ** How long will the suffering of this life go on?

"...after you have suffered for a little while..."
This is the second time Peter has referred to a brief period of suffering. cf. 1Peter 1:6-7

"...if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials..."

"...that the proof of your faith...may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ..."

** That is not one of the more popular messages of Christianity, that we must suffer, but it is true. Why is that? Two reasons -

1) To follow the example of Christ. (1Peter 2:19-21)

2) The world hates Jesus Christ and the godliness He produces in Christians. (2Timothy 3:12)

** How is our God described in this verse?

"...the God of all grace..." cf. 1Peter 4:10

** What did He do?

He "..called you to His eternal glory in Christ.."

** What four things will He do, when we humbly submit to His will, even if it means we must suffer?

He, Himself (personal touch), will "...perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you".

perfect - "to bring to completion" (Philippians 1:6)

confirm - denotes the stabilizing of something by providing a support, so that it will not totter. (Luke 22:31-32)

strengthen - "to impart strength, to make strong" here indicates that in our own strength, we would fail. (John 15:5)

establish - "to lay a foundation of, to found" unlike the second term, which refers to supports put around, this term speaks of the secure foundation on which something rests. (1Corinthians 3:11)

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