The Riches of His Suffering
The Riches of the Righteous Sermon Series – Part III
- 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
- 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Intro: Moses realized the value of suffering. He put a much higher price tag on the reproach of Christ than the treasures of Egypt. We cannot begin to fathom the monetary value of the treasury of Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh. There were coffers and vaults with untold millions in gold, silver, jewels, etc.
The Bible is clear – Moses did an assessment of the treasures of Egypt, and then did an evaluation of the reproach of Christ. He drew the conclusion that the reproach of Christ was GREATER RICHES than the treasures of Egypt.
The Bible says, FOR HE HAD RESPECT UNTO THE RECOMPENSE OF THE REWARD.
RESPECT: to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on some one thing; to look at attentively; to look with steadfast mental gaze
Moses did what we all must do – choose earthly pleasures or heavenly treasures.
Suffering ultimately is a choice.
You can live in such a way that you don’t suffer much, if any.
- 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
QUOTE: To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. – Oswald Chambers
I. The Riches of the Fruit of Suffering
- Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
QUOTE: God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
QUOTE: For the believer in Jesus, every trial of suffering is an opportunity to grow in the faith, to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and to see Him work in our lives in a uniquely personal way that demonstrates His compassion, His comfort, His tender mercies, His loving kindnesses, His grace, and His endless love. Only God knows what each of us needs to experience and learn in order to be “conformed to the image of his Son”. – T. A. McMahon
1 Peter 5
- 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
- 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
2 Corinthians 8
- 1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
- 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
Abundance is the fruit of affliction.
QUOTE: At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found. – Hudson Taylor
II. The Riches of the Fellowship of Suffering
- Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
QUOTES ON SUFFERING
- They gave our Master a crown of thorns. Why do we hope for a crown of roses? – Martin Luther
- We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others. – Elisabeth Elliot
- You may suffer and yet be un-Christlike, but no man can be Christlike and fail to suffer. If you ever, by the grace of God, become a partaker of the divine nature you must also inevitably become a partaker of His sufferings. –Clovis G. Chappell
1 Peter 4
- 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
- 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
- 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
- 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
III. The Riches of the Future of Suffering
- 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
- 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.
QUOTE: God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. – Augustine
NOTICE this verse!
- 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.
Paul said “I have run the numbers. I’ve done the math.”
- 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
- 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
2 Corinthians 4
- 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
- 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2 Timothy 2
- 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him…
The price of reigning is reproach; the path to authority up there is affliction down here. – Stacey Shiflett