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What does religion rejoice in? If you’re a believer right now, what’s your pleasure?
Saving religion begins with the phrase of God. Religion comes by listening to, and listening to by the phrase (Romans 10:17). So, religion rejoices within the phrase of God. “Your testimonies . . . are the enjoyment of my coronary heart” (Psalm 119:111). “I rejoice at your phrase like 1 who finds terrific spoil” (Psalm 119:162). “Extra to be most popular are they than gold, even considerably high quality gold sweeter additionally than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10).
That’s your encounter, born-once extra believer. What does the phrase maintain out to us and disclose to us? For sinners, most preciously, it reveals the like of God for sinners — undeserving sinners. “I’ll rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love” (Psalm 31:7). It holds out salvation. The like of God brings salvation from sin and from guilt and from the wrath of God and from hell and from dying and in some unspecified time in the future from sickness. Salvation is a wonderful level. The best level within the globe is to be saved.
Regardless that you don’t now see him, you suppose in him and rejoice with pleasure that’s inexpressible and full of glory [or glorified], buying the end result of your religion, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8–9)
How do Christians stroll towards that salvation? I’m simply trying to get inside the top of what the enjoyment of religion is. We stroll towards that salvation by the use of weak point and struggling with pleasure.
For we’re glad after we are weak and you’re sturdy. (two Corinthians 13:9)
It’s practically a paraphrase of Philippians two:17, right? Paul is basically saying, “I’m so glad once I can die in your religion. I’m glad once I’m weak, in case you are sturdy by my weak point.” He’s an unusual human turning into. He’s born as soon as extra.
We rejoice in our sufferings, understanding that struggling produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Romans 5:3–4)
Blessed are you when people hate you . . . on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for pleasure, for behold, your reward is terrific in heaven. (Luke six:22–23)
I indicate, that is simply greater than the prime, Jesus. Blessed are you when people hate you, revile you, solid out your title on account of me. Rejoice in that day and leap for pleasure, like a lamb popping out of the stall. One thing’s loopy proper right here. Something is so distinctive than our fallen human nature. It’s essential to be born as soon as extra.
It is a carry out of God. No human turning into rejoices at turning into hated, except this miracle happens by the Holy Spirit by the use of his phrase. That’s the reason I’m proper right here. The terrific reward is what sustains our pleasure in struggling. “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:two). Which suggests that the endpoint and remaining satisfaction of all our pleasure is God himself in Jesus Christ.
I’ll go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding pleasure. (Psalm 43:4)
You make recognized to me the trail of life
in your presence there may be fullness of pleasure
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
So on the end of Philippians two:17, when Paul says he’s rejoicing with them and rejoicing of their religion, it incorporates all of this: rejoicing within the phrase of God, rejoicing within the like of God, rejoicing within the salvation of God, rejoicing within the terrific reward of God, rejoicing in God himself. That’s the most traditional side of the diamond of Christian pleasure.
All that God guarantees to be for us in Christ, we now have. And it’s our treasure and gladness.
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