Our faith in Christ, and truly knowing Him (the saving knowledge of Christ), is not something that comes without challenge or trouble, and in fact it is guaranteed by the Lord that we will walk in the road of suffering. Often this message is overlooked in the post modern gospel preaching, but is central to the truth that God perfects us for eternity through such truth. The great reward of the eternal life with God, forever in the family of the Lord as HIs son or daughter, seated in heavenly places, abiding in the presence of Almighty God, as a royal priest in His household, and empowered by the Holy Spirit with the indwelling of Father God and the Word (Immanuel), and anointed by His grace, is the hope that draws us forward.
We who walk in His footstep, pursuing our Lord, do not draw back even when made a spectacle of by reproach and tribulation, but by His grace and in faith, we believe and endure…for this is when faith becomes real and is honed in to the precious gem He seek, purified as gold, to be the substance of the Lord that brings Him glory, and reveals His light in a world of darkness..drawing others to such hope. Of such much worth than material gain or recognition by man, faith that endures is priceless…for such is its reward.
Well done good and faithful servant. Praying for the uplifting of your soul, and the carrying of the Lord, as you continue in Him through tribulation and suffering, know there is a brighter day, and also even more so, a great eternal reward that is beyond measure.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.