Psalm 119 – Part 18 A
September 11, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 18 B
September 13, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 18 A
September 11, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 18 B
September 13, 2013

What Does Paul Say About Suffering In Romans 8:17?

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And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17

“If so be” has been a thorn in the sides of theologian. There are two interpretations. One is that we are heirs if we suffer with Him. The other is that even joint-heirs may be called to suffer, but even if we do, we all will be glorified together with Him. In the next verse, Paul discusses suffering some more. I don’t think Paul is making suffering a requirement for the inheritance.

Suffering is persecution for the gospel’s sake. Suffering is not illness, car accidents, or poverty. Jesus spent a great deal of His time healing people. If suffering through illness was so great ,He wouldn’t have healed anyone. No, healing, prosperity, protection, and more are part of the New Covenant. However, persecution is not. Many believers throughout history have suffered persecution even unto death. This was persecution forced on them. This is not self-generated persecution by acting stupid.

Even today, many believers are suffering persecution and death for their stand of faith. Paul suffered much for the gospel. Whether we suffer or not isn’t our concern. After all we will receive a glorified body and reign with Christ forever.

Often people will ask, especially unbelievers, why do good people suffer? First, there are no good people. Only God is good. It is God’s mercy that there aren’t more that suffer in this fallen world. If it’s bad news, then that is the work of the devil. Jesus brings good news. He works abundant life. God does not bring suffering on anyone. He doesn’t intervene in the way we would like to see. He doesn’t murder people just to keep them from persecuting us. Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is always with us and understands our suffering. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9)

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.’ (1 Corinthians 12:26)