Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:24-25
"We are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it" (Romans 8:24-25). The writer refers to the day that Christ will take His Body members to dwell eternally with Him. Paul describes the wonder of it: "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" (Romans 8:18). We, having been justified by faith, "glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience; and experience hope" (Romans 5:3-4). Patience is a key to much of our spiritual character as saints of God. "Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).
As ministers of Christ, we are exhorted to practice patience as we labor in His service. "The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient" (II Timothy 2:24). "Warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient to all men" (I Thessalonians 5:14). The source of our capacity to practice accordingly is defined by Paul: "The fruit ofthe Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith" (Galatians 5:22).
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering" (Colossians 3:12). Without God-given patience, we could never endure while "looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing ofthe great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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