CHRISTIANS WHO GLORY IN TRIBULATION
Jesse M. Hendley
"And not only so, but we BOAST in tribulations, also
knowing that tribulation worketh patience." We BOAST
in tribulation! Well, a lot of people "endure"
tribulations. A lot of people "fuss" in tribulations.
But here Paul is saying that a real Christian BOASTS
in tribulations, in the hard places, in the tough
things of life, in the difficult places; he BOASTS in
them. God help us to check up and find out just how
much we are living in the victory God has for us.
Now the Greek noun kauchema means literally, "a ground
or a matter of boasting," and we have it first of all
in Romans 4:2, where we read, "For if Abraham were
justified by WORKS, he hath whereof to BOAST, but not
before GOD." No man can boast of his good works before
God; that is the point. It isn't a matter of glorying
in his good works before God. You can glory maybe
before men, talking about good works and all the rest
of it, but not before God.
In First Corinthians 5:6, Paul speaks of "glorying" in
freedom to sin, and he says it is "not good." There in
the church of Corinth terrible lust was going on, just
as in the wicked city of Corinth, and Paul said that
that church should have delivered over this person to
Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, that the
spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. He
said, "Your glorying is not good. (Your boasting is
not good.) Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth
the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven out
of the church, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are
unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed
for us." Get rid of all sin. That is what he said.
They were glorying in their freedom. They thought they
could be right with God and sinning at the same time.
Paul said no.
In First Corinthians 9:15 Paul says, "I have USED none
of these things: neither have I WRITTEN these things,
that it s ...
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