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Armchair Suffragists and 1 Peter 2:20

Posted in "foolish" Christian thinking, challenging human thinking, Holiness, Lordship by Sam Hendrickson on 26 January , 2011

When we suffer as a result of our disobedience to God, God does not view it as “sharing” in Christ’s sufferings. Will we learn the lessons of the consequences of our sin? Alright then.

But how many times do we sin, all the while knowing what “God’s will for our lives” is? Later we cry out to Him as though we have somehow suffered for the sake of Christ. What hubris and arrogation! We deign to pull our overstuffed egos into Gethsemane, into the Philippian jail, or onto the Hill of the Skull and play armchair suffragists?

O how often we hold the Cross of Christ in contempt as we compare the hardships due to our sin, to His divine suffering and sin-bearing!

God help us!

19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.  20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.  21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;  23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;  24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.  25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:19-25 NASB

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