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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Definitions Are Important

Paul writes,
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. (2 Cor 4:16-17)
"Momentary, light affliction."

"He sent and had John beheaded in the prison." (Matt 14:10) "Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword." (Acts 12:1-2)

"Momentary, light affliction."

"But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one." (Heb 10:32-34)

"Momentary, light affliction."

"Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground." (Heb 11:35-38)

"Momentary, light affliction."

I'd almost be willing to bet that you don't think of "momentary, light affliction" in the same way that the biblical writers meant and experienced it. Nonetheless, remember, we can expect "momentary, light affliction". All of us. Remember, whatever level it is, it is "momentary, light affliction" in view of the eternal. And, remember, all "momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison."

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