1 Peter 4:14-16 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
…when suffering is felicity, not pathos.
Integral to the Christian call to fellowship in Christ is the invitation to partake in “His sufferings”. Scripture teaches us in Philippians 3:10 that we should yearn to experience the fellowship of His suffering. It is an embrace of the persecution this current world, under the sway of darkness, will hurl at any member of the Kingdom of Light who dares to shine out the dazzling rays of righteousness and kingdom verities.
The forebears of truth before us experienced this – they shared in the suffering and persecution of righteousness.
Throughout the history of the annals of the kingdoms, righteousness has been buffeted by darkness for its convictions;
Abel by Cain,
Enoch by his contemporaries,
Noah by his entire generation,
Abraham by his kinsmen,
Isaac by the son of the bondwoman,
Jacob by Esau,
Joseph by His brethren,
Moses by Pharaoh,
Joshua and Caleb by the unbelieving spies,
Gideon by the Amalekites,
Samson by the Philistines,
David by Saul,
The nation of Israel by the Assyrians and then the Babylonians and then the Medo-Persians because of their infidelity to the covenant;
John the Baptist by Herod,
Paul and the Apostles by the entire world!
Today the Jerusalem above…the church of the living God, by the Jerusalem below…born of the carnal woman and the entire world under the sway of darkness. Selah
Throughout time, the suffering and persecution endured by the people of God was a sign of their intimate fellowship with Deity. It was…and is a badge of honor!
Let us glory in them scars of affliction for the cause of the Kingdom…for it is testimony to the effect that “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.”
“Suffering” ceases to remain pathos but becomes glorious felicity when endured for the cause of the Kingdom and Lordship of Jesus Christ!