Abound in Consolation
2 Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Intro: The sufferings of Christ abound in us because…
A. Of our Decision
I Peter 4
- 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
- 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
- 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
- 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
B. Of our Distinction
I Peter 2:9-12
- 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
- 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
- 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
C. Of our Destination
- 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
- 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
- 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
- 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
- 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
- 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
- 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
- 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
- 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
- We find the word COMFORT, COMFORTETH, COMFORTED, and CONSOLATION 10 times from verse 3-7
- Ten is the number for TESTIMONY.
- We find the word TRIBULATION, TROUBLE, SUFFERING, AFFLICTED, SUFFER mentioned 8 times.
- Eight is the number for NEW BEGINNING.
- Once you were saved, you started a new beginning; one known as the SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST.
- But the consolation that abounds is a TESTIMONY OF THE FATHER OF ALL MERCIES AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT!!!!
The Consolation abounds because we have…
I. The Consolation of the Savior – VS. 5 ABOUNDETH BY CHRIST…
- 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
- 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
- 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
- 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
- 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
II. The Consolation of the Saints – 2 Cor. 1:6 …the same sufferings which we also suffer…
NOTE: In verse 6, Paul said that the sufferings of others can be a consolation, as well as the comfort of others.
- 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
- 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
- 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
- 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
- 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
- Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
III. The Consolation of the Scripture
- 30 So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
- 31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.
- 32 And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.
- 33 And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.
- 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
- 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
- 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
- 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Conclusion: Paul said – FOR AS – the sufferings of Christ abound in us…SO OUR CONSOLATION ALSO ABOUNDETH…
The degree of consolation is directly related to our degree of suffering!