Troubles & Triumphs

II Corinthians 4:1-18

In this chapter we are given the value of troubles which come in the form of suffering, suffering which we endure for Christ’s sake. In them we see the triumph which is ours through Christ Jesus.

  1. The nature of our troubles/afflictions.
    • Our afflictions always have a divinely appointed purpose.
  2. Weight of trouble – light.
    • Paul’s own suffering (II Corinthians 11:23-28).
    • Our troubles need to be weighted against the future, then they are light.
  3. Duration – momentary.
  4. The accomplishment – they work for us.
    • Develop faith.
    • Mature us.
    • Lead to self-examination and perfection.
    • Wean us from the world.
    • Draw us closer to Christ.
    • Gives us greater desire for God’s eternal kingdom.

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