Romans Lesson 14 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
3. If we share His sufferings (Voice)
- surrounded and battered by troubles (MSG)
- embarrassed and perplexed and unable to find a way out (based on AMPC)
- spiritually terrorized (MSG) persecuted and hard driven (AMPC)
- knocked down to the ground
- handed over to death for Jesus’ sake (AMPC)
- sleepless nights
- times of hunger
- poor, having nothing
- far worse beatings
- near death many times
- Five times I have withstood thirty-nine lashes from Jewish authorities. (Voice)
- Three times beaten with rods by the Romans.
- Once I was stoned by my enemies.
- Three times I was shipwrecked.
- I have spent a night and a day in the open sea.
- dangers from rivers
- dangers from robbers
- dangers from my own people
- dangers from the Gentiles
- dangers in the city
- dangers in the open country
- dangers on the sea
- dangers among false brothers
- labor and hardship
- many sleepless nights
- hunger and thirst
- often without food
- cold, and lacking clothing
- the daily pressure of caring for all the churches
When I read about the life of Paul and other martyrs, my troubles seem shallow and petty.
4. a. we know that we will ultimately share in His glory. (Romans 8:17 Voice)
Glory: Greek Word: συνδοξάζω Transliteration: syndoxazō
to glorify together (Vulgate conglorifico): namely, συν Χριστω, to be exalted to the same glory to which Christ has been raised, Romans 8:17.* Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. (emphasis added)
Webster’s 1828 dictionary lists thirteen definitions and most include an example from scripture.
- The visible splendor or bright cloud that overshadowed Christ at his transfiguration
- Splendor; magnificence
- Honor; praise; fame; renown; celebrity.
- The divine presence
- The felicity of heaven prepared for the children of God; celestial bliss.
b. Give various aspects of our “glory” from the following verse:
- There are increasing levels of glory brightness. “ever-increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; (AMPC)”
- The glory transfigures us to look more like God.
Philippians 3:20-21 “We are a colony of heaven on earth” (TPT) I love that!
- Heaven-on-earth glory
- As we cling tightly to Jesus Christ, our life-giver, he will “transform our humble bodies and transfigure us into the identical likeness of his glorified body. (TPT emphasis added)”
- Matchless power
The transformation from this physical state to having a glorified body will be a huge difference, but the power of God is easily able to accomplish it. If the Lord can work that miracle, surely the healing of our bodies or the freedom from other bondages is no problem to the Lord. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.)
Christ floods us with the expectation of glory.
Solomon was amazed that although the heaven of the heavens could not contain God, his glory could fit in the temple (1 Kings 8:27). Christ embedded in our earthly bodies is an even greater mystery.
Jesus proved his love for us when he “handpicked (us) for salvation through the gospel so that (we) would have the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (TPT emphasis added)”
Sonship, holiness (Heb 2:11), and glory are inseparably joined. (A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.)
5. What is the relationship between suffering and glory
Throughout the book of Revelation the Greek word martyria refers to faithful testimony, not necessarily violent death. Those who reign are not martyrs because they were slain or beheaded. On the contrary, they were killed because they were already “martyrs” in the sense of bearing faithful testimony to the truth about Jesus. They are simply the “victorious” Christians of chapters 2-3 (see especially 3:21, “to him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne”). They are those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (14:4), who are therefore “his called, chosen and faithful followers” (17:14). To John, they are the true Christians, and he seems to know of no other kind. (IVP NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARIES emphasis added)
God promises that his followers who he conforms to his likeness will be glorified with Jesus.
His likeness often attracts persecution.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 14 Day 2 ~ Romans 8:17-18