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28 Jan 2023

Category: Doctrine & Theology

Doctrine & Theology, Guest Posts, Sermon series

Blog 5: I am Content with Suffering 

The word Paul uses for “content” in this verse is the exact same word that is used in the three gospels when Jesus comes up out of the waters at His baptism and the voice of the Father is heard from heaven saying:
“This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.”

In fact, verse 10 of 2 Corinthians is the only place in the New Testament where this word is translated as “content.”

More than half of the 21 instances where the word is used are translated as being “pleased.”

Paul doesn’t just accept his sufferings, he’s pleased with them. He takes pleasure in them.

God's goodness in your suffering
Doctrine & Theology, Guest Posts, Sermon series

Blog 1: God’s Goodness in Your Sufferings (2 Cor. 12:7-10) 

By nature, every single one of us is averse to suffering. We avoid it like the plague. We do so because we think suffering is primarily about losing something…
But in reality, for the Christian, suffering is primarily about gaining something: Jesus Christ. And it’s only by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that our hearts are changed to see that suffering is primarily about gaining Jesus, not losing something.