But in the mind of a Christian, who regards his Father's hand in it; who sees that he deserves no mercy; who has confidence in the wisdom and goodness of God; who feels that it is necessary for his own good to be afflicted; and who experiences its happy, subduing, and mild effect in restraining his sinful passions, and in weaning him from the world the effect is to produce patience. He is teaching that suffering for the sake of Christ, is a badge of honour for the saint of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; As members of the body of Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. They have no sources of consolation; they deem God a hard master; and they become fretful and rebellions just in proportion to the depth and continuance of their trials. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and not to be moved away from the hope of the gospel, ΚΑΥΧΏΜΕΘΑ ἘΠʼ ἘΛΠΊΔΙ Τῆς ΔΌΞΗς, καυχᾶσθαι ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσι, ΖῆΝ ΜΕΤᾺ ΚΑΚῆς ἘΛΠΊΔΟς, οὐ μόνον δὲ ἀλλὰ καὶ καυχώμεθα, ὑπομονὴν κατεργάζεται, And not only so, but we glory in tribulations, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Indeed, in Christ, we are enabled to approach the throne of grace.. for mercy to find help in time of need. Romans 5: 3-5. (4) Tribulation itself gives us different and various occasions to rejoice, and more than this it does not make us miserable. Rejoicing in suffering may not seem the normal reaction to trials and tribulations. These benefits are only available to believers—the "we" Paul uses here indicates saved Christians, not the entire human race. Romans chapter 5, however, is one passage that provides a foundational understanding of who we are in Christ. And experience, hope. Paul clearly teaches that we should exalt in our tribulations, and rejoice in our sufferings. Romans 5:3 (NKJV) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; We rejoice in sufferings "knowing" - it is the knowledge of the effects of suffering that enables the Christian to rejoice in them. Accordingly, it will usually be found that those Christians who are longest and most severely afflicted are the most patient. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul is describing some of the benefits for those who, by faith in Christ, have been justified and made right before God with our sins forgiven. Tweet. The one emotion with which the Christian should front all the facts, inward and outward, of his earthly life. The word used here refers to all kinds of trials which people are called to endure; though it is possible that Paul referred particularly to the various persecutions and trials which they were called to endure as Christians. III. But we glory - The word used here is the same that is in Romans 5:2, translated, "we rejoice" καυχώμεθα kauchōmetha. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also. Knowing - Being assured of this. That wonderful designation of the one object of Christian hope which should fill, with an uncoruscating and unflickering light, all that dark future. Indeed, a thorough study of New Testament scripture, shows that there are hundreds of verses that remind us of who we are in Christ, and what God has done for the born-again believer. Give me a teachable spirit and a willingness to rejoice in the Lord, no matter what difficulties and I have to face. We are to rejoice in the Lord, no matter what problems we may be called upon to face. Juli Camarin July 21, 2009 Romans 5. B. Exulting in trials does not mean denying the pain. Compare James 1:2, James 1:12. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; I. the precious blood of Jesus Christ.


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