Crowns In The Word Of God
Jesse M. Hendley
1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12
''If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.'' We will sit on the throne with Him. Suffering brings a crown in glory! Don't look at your present suffering, but look beyond this present life to that time when all suffering shall be over, and a crown for Eternity will be given to those who suffered with the Lord Jesus Christ; to those who suffered for His Name's sake, suffered for His Kingdom, suffered because they have stood firm as a child of God, stood for the right, stood for the Word of God unashamed and unafraid, never giving up. Rom. 8:17, ''If we suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him.'' But remember that the unsaved suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. Brother, I'd rather go on with the Lord Jesus Christ if for no other reason than not to suffer the vengeance of Eternal fire for those who do not love Him and trust Him.
You say, ''My temptations are great, Preacher; my sufferings are great.'' Listen. ''God will not let you be tempted above that you are able, but with every test will make a way of escape in order that you may be able to bear it.'' I Cor. 10:13. Somebody says, paraphrasing that passage, ''God never puts any more on us than we will be able to bear,'' praise His holy Name. He will not crush His saints.
Paul speaks of ''the fellowship of His sufferings.'' One of these days we are going into Heaven. You read of fellowships down here, of groups that come together because they have something in common. Well, I believe that up in Heaven there is going to be a group who has suffered for the Lord Jesus, and that some of the rest of us that haven't suffered very much are not going to be in that fellowship. ''The fellowship of HIS sufferings.'' There is a little group around the Lord Jesus who are nearer to Him than any other group. They are the ones who have suffered in a measure as He suffered in this godless world. ...
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