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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Romans 8:18 Suffering for The Glory Of God


SUFFERING FOR THE GLORY OF CHRIST

CHARLES E WHISNANT,  MAY 20, 2012  ROMANS 8:18-23

SUFFERING FOR GOD OR SUFFERING FOR SIN 8:17-27

The Suffering Christ and His Suffering Christians

The Glory of God as Motive in Trials and Suffering

1.    Free from Indwelling Sin:       8:1-11

2.    Ssonship Through the Spirit:  8:12-17

3.    From Suffering to Glory:        8:18-30

4.    God’s Everlasting Love           8:31-37

WHEN THE SCRIPTURES TALK ABOUT PROGRESSION TOWARD RESURRECTION, THEY EMPHASIZE DEATH.  WHEN SCRIPTURES TALK ABOUT PROGRESSION TOWARD GLORIFICATION, THEY EMPHASIZE OUR SUFFERING AND WEAKNESS.

Introduction

COMMENTARY ON EACH VERSE
1A     FOR
Since “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”
2A     I CONSIDER 3049 
Refers to a process of careful study or reasoning which results in the arriving at a conclusion. Signified “take account of : 2 Corinthians 10:7 “think”
3A    THAT THE SUFFERINGS: 3804  pathema
Here the suffering has to do with our faith in Christ, and Christ in us Who the world hates, and we suffer that we might be conformed to his image.  2 Corinthians 1:5 Colossians 1:24.
HOW TO TEMPER STEEL?
1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ    
To what purpose do we suffer?
1) Some suffering is meant to lead us to change our ways in order to remove the source of our suffering and to give us a fuller and happier life as a Christian through better decisions. Galatians 6.8
2) Suffering is allowed by God in our lives to increase our hope in God. Romans 5.1-5
3) Suffering is allowed by God so that we can comfort others who are suffering. 2 Corinthians 1.3-7
4) Suffering is allowed by God to bring others to Christ. Acts 16.25-34
5) Obedience in our suffering brings Glory to God. John 17.4
6) Suffering is allowed by God to build in us the character of Jesus. Romans 5.1-5; 8.28-29
7) Suffering is allowed by God to equip us to share in God’s glory. Romans 8.17-18
4A     FOR I CONSIDER THAT THE SUFFERING OF THIS PRESENT TIME 2540 KAIROS
So Paul here is contemplating the future privileges of the believer, and leads him to think of the contrast this makes with the present state of being.  Paul is showing that suffering is the path we tread as we move from blessing to glory.  Now Paul could also be taking about the present age in which we lived, rather than the suffering that is the direct result of persecution.  In this present world too, we are not going to be free from trouble because we live in a imperfect world. 
5A     ARE NOT WORTHY 514 axios
It has to do with weight, and so of that which is of value. Then the sufferings are of no weight in comparison with glory; they are not to be balanced in the scale with it.
6A     (TO BE COMPARED WITH) THE GLORY or With Glory 1391
Colossians 3:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12; Titus 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:13; 4:13; 5:1; The glory of God is the manifestation of any or all of His attributes.   Thomas Watson described God’s glory as a way of the sparkling of the Deity.  We may see God’s glory blazing in the sun and twinkling in the stars Psalsm 19:1.
7A    WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED 601 IN US
THE SAVED BELIEVER DOES NOT FOCUS ON TODAY’S SUFFERING; HE LOOKS FORWARD TO TOMORROW’S GLORY. Amen.
This coming glory will not only be revealed TO us, but will actually be revealed IN US.