HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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 8:18).
“ For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Hebrews 2:10
We see here that Christ himself was made perfect through suffering. We know that Christ was God in the flesh and had no sin in Him. So, what does it mean that Christ was made perfect through suffering? The word perfect means to complete. The Bible tells us that Christ as our high priest was touched with the feeling of our infirmities, yet was without sin. Christ could not do the work of a high priest and mediator unless he suffered like we as humans do. Now Christ goes before God the Father on our behalf. He has been made complete through suffering. Sufferings allowed Christ to perform His high priestly duties.
So, we can rest assured that if the captain of our salvation was made complete with sufferings we must take the same course. All men suffer to some degree. The Christian’s suffering is for a purpose. It is to make us better soldiers of the cross. We must endure hardness. One reason we must suffer is to show us without Him we can do nothing. The year 2016 has been one of the hardest of my life. People I love and had confidence in have turned their backs on me. They teamed up against me with their plan to destroy the very air I breathe for survival. The sad thing is people that I worshipped with in the same church and they made me have it from every angle, but I survived and I am still in the land of the living offering up praise and thanks to Almighty God. I have since learned to not put confidence in man but in God. I have also been made complete through suffering by a greater love for God’s word. Since that time I have made some changes and have been reading my Bible more from that year, and that is why I have made it. I have also learned the importance of preaching the Bible and it has encouraged me to write more for my websites. Anyone can read a verse and tell stories and brag on themselves. If the preacher does not stay in the Bible, he is not a preacher. I ask all of you that are reading, how much of the BIBLE does your pastor preach?
Also, suffering helps us have compassion for others. Those who never suffer won’t be much help to others. It is the experience of suffering that helps propels you to move on to the higher calling in Christ Jesus.
Suffering also helps our prayer life. The prayer closet becomes so dear in sufferings. Now that I have passed through the sufferings of those years, I don’t want to go back. I don’t miss anything but the special presence of God I experienced when He intervened on my behalf. Thanking God for bringing me out as His beloved son still standing on His word.
Lastly, suffering has strengthened my belief in the perseverance of the saint. If I could fall, I would have fallen. He that has begun a good work in me will perform it. He is able to keep me from falling. If the Bible does not teach eternal security it teaches nothing. I am fully persuaded that I will be able to continue in this race and through the medium o my website http://www.mysticalorderinc.org to reach thousands of people around the world.
I praise my eternal Father for the perfection that comes through suffering. I thank God for keeping me and my hope alive in Him May God grant us the courage and strength to pursue this life even under the harsh circumstances of sufferings. Amen.