Posted by: SandreS | July 22, 2009

Suffering with Him

… If so be that we suffer with Him … (Romans 8:17).

As heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ we are destined to share in His glory and reigning; but this comes about only through our suffering “with Him.” It is only after our suffering together with Christ that we will share in His glory and reigning.

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together (Romans 8:17).

If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him … (II Timothy 2:12).

Notice the phrase “suffer with Him” in Romans 8:17.

First of all, our sufferings are not solo. We do not suffer alone. As believers we do not walk our broken road unaccompanied. We “suffer with Him.” We are “suffering together” (CLV) with the Lord Jesus Christ. What consolation and comfort. What solace and encouragement. This understanding in itself can change the whole face of suffering; our attitude and disposition. In our sufferings we can be changed from discouragement to encouragement; from sorrow to joy; from complaint to praise; from ungratefulness to thanksgiving and gratitude. After all, we are doing it together – “with Him.”

Secondly, the only suffering that meets the condition of reigning “with Him” (II Timothy 2:12), is suffering “with Him.” Wonderful truth indeed!

The simple fact is that all of mankind suffers. This is merely the lot of Adam’s descendants. What transforms any suffering into preparation for one to share in Christ’s glory and reigning is enduring it “with Him.” Doing so “with Him” in the spirit of patience and joy – not with complaining, murmuring and grumbling, but with gratefulness and thanksgiving – turns any trial, however common it may appear to be, into a timeless treasure. Read the broader context:

… If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:17-18).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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