Five Minutes a Day with Luther Thursday, August 9, 2018
Bible Passage:1 Peter 4:13
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.
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Just as Christ has suffered, so you must expect to suffer and be tried. If you suffer in this way, then you have in the suffering fellowship with the Lord Christ. If we would live with Him, we must also die with Him. But rejoice. Though you should be brought to torture and flames, you would still be happy. For though there would be pain as to the body, still, there shall be a spiritual joy, inasmuch as you are to be happy forever. For this joy springs here from suffering and is everlasting. Yet whoever cannot bear his sufferings cheerfully, and is dissatisfied and chooses to contend with God, he shall endure, both here and hereafter, eternal torment and suffering. When His glory shall be revealed. Christ does not permit Himself as yet to be seen as a Lord, but is still a sharer with us in our labors. So far as He is Himself concerned, He is truly a Lord, but we who are His members, are not lords yet. Still, we shall be lords, when His glory at the last day shall be revealed before all men, brighter than the sun.
O happy day, and yet far happier hour,
When wilt thou come at last?
When fearless to my Father's love and power,
Whose promise standeth fast,
My soul I gladly render,
For surely will His hand
Lead me, with guidance tender,
To heaven, my fatherland.