“Pain & Suffering”

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Christian Life, Salvation, Suffering

Suffering and death are the result of sin (lawless behavior – 1 John 3:4) that came into our world when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12; Genesis 2:17; 3:1-19). We all inherited a sinful nature (disposition) from them that was passed on to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). As a general rule, all of us will die eventually and be judged by the Lord Himself (Hebrews 9:27; John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). Do you know the purpose for these judgments? They are not to determine one’s getting into heaven or not (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15). There are different orders of resurrections too (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). The Scriptures teach us that there is also a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that group?

Plan. Being a righteous and holy God who is also loving and gracious, the three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) saw us in our miserable condition – helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:1-13), hell bound (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), heathen (1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 18:17). God couldn’t be righteous/just and overlook our sin (Romans 6:23). So They decided to do something about our plight (Ephesians 1:11). It was agreed among Themselves that One of Them would need to come down to our earth and add to His deity a real human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5). He would live a sinless life and then voluntarily offer Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt (physical and spiritual death) that we all owed to God (Hebrews 4:15; John 10:17, 18; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23). His death would be both spiritual and physical. Death involves separation, not the annihilation of the wicked as some cults teach.

Why? While He hung there on the cross, God the Father placed the sins of all mankind on God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the prophet had predicted (Isaiah 53:6; 46:10). While operating under His human consciousness, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). We know it was because He was undergoing spiritual death (separation from fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit). During the three hours from noon until 3 P.M. He suffered an equivalency of our having to spend an eternity of separation from God. Only the God/man could do this.

Value. The value of Christ’s death comes from His being God. The reality of His death comes from His being a real man. God cannot die. Only the God/man could satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our personal sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He was raised from the dead bodily to prove to us that God the Father was satisfied with His death on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See John 16:10).

Finished. After suffering on the cross for three hours, Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). What was finished? We know that His life was about to come to an end and that the entire debt had been paid. But it was also His spiritual separation from His Father that was over. He was able to die physically knowing that His fellowship with His Father had been restored. At the time of His physical death, Jesus and the converted thief on the cross went to the Paradise section of Sheol in the heart of the earth for three days and nights (Luke 23:43; Matthew 12:40).

Resurrection. But on the third day, (not on the first or fourth day as Lazarus was resuscitated – John 11:43, 44), Jesus rose again bodily from the dead with a glorified body that consisted of flesh and bones but one without blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). He made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven to sit at God the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:1-11). The Christian’s resurrected body will be like His (1 John 3:2).

Session. Currently Jesus, is the only Head of the true Church (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15), and the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). His mother, Mary is not one to whom we pray. She is only the mother of Christ’s humanity, not the “Mother of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ is directing His Body (the Church) through God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding on our behalf to God the Father. They are requesting that He bring or cause to be brought into our lives what we need to help bring us to spiritual maturity (Romans 8:14, 26, 34; Hebrews 7:25). If you’re a Christian, are you giving thanks in all things (situations) (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for the people whom God brings into your life (1 Timothy 2:1)?

Inevitable. Suffering in this life is inevitable. It happens to believers and non-believers. But the believers suffering came to pass. Why? After we die “…God will wipe every tear from [the believer’s] eyes; there shall be no more death, no sorrow, no crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But not so for the unbelievers. At the time of their death, they will not be “resting in peace” (R.I.P.). Jesus said this to some folks who were thinking that their good works would get them into heaven: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21; See Ephesians 2:8, 9). He also said this to some religious people: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Deliverance. You and I don’t have to go to that awful place. We can/will be saved if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now where you are? “These things I [the Apostle John] I have written to you who believe on the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13).

Assurance. If you will believe in/on Him alone to save you, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit, that belongs to your mind (Ephesians 4:23), that you have been transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family and that you are a child of God (Colossians 1:13; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. In addition to these blogs, we also teach God’s Word on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch. We’re also on www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Let us know if this article has been helpful. If so, please share it with others. Thanks.  Remember, God comforted us so that we’d comfort others who are in trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).  

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