God’s patience is his sovereign freedom to demonstrate the fullness of his character.
Fiery trials make golden Christians.
In all suffering for the Christian, God’s design, is to refine.
The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.
The greatest display of God’s sovereignty, his freedom in the universe, is his power and love to save sinners.
Though even in all of this evil, attack, and hatred that Jesus endured it was all mysteriously woven into the plan of God in such a way that this is how we came to believe in his name.
A sermon preached on 1 Peter 2:7-8
The New Testament presents the good news of Jesus Christ and what God has done in the world. But it is peculiar, it is mysterious, and it seems upside-down to our thinking.
Jesus comes not in power, not in wealth, and not to conquer, but in humility, poverty, and to serve and suffer unto death on a cross. This is our Savior? A man sentenced to a criminal’s death?
- Yet, this is the greatness of our God.
- Men rejected him, they sought to entrap him; he would be betrayed, beaten, and falsely accused.
- All the forces of evil, from the wickedness of men to the Devil himself, all were recorded as being against him.
And in all this, these do not thwart the will of God but they play into it and fulfill all that he had planned and purposed for them to do.