For the joy set before him, Jesus endured suffering. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that if we want to obtain the joy set before us, we must also endure suffering.
Principle for Bible Reading
Authors often give us reasons for why someone did a certain action or why we should do a certain action. They typically give the action statement first (e.g. I went to the store/you should go to the store), and then the reason for the action or the purpose statement (in order to get milk).
In This Lab
Peter tells us to rejoice insofar as we share Christ’s sufferings (1 Peter 4:13). Why should we do this? He gives the purpose in the second half of the verse, in order that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
A parent tells his or her child to eat their broccoli (action) so that they can receive dessert later (purpose). The commercial tells us to buy this shirt (action) so that we can be more attractive (purpose). “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God” (action) “so that, at the proper time, he may exalt you” (purpose).
Action/Purpose: Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, an action/purpose relationship is usually connected with: so that, in order that, or simply that.
- Where do you go to for peace, comfort, and joy amidst deep suffering?
- In 1 Peter 4:13, what reason does Peter give for why we should rejoice while sharing Christ’s sufferings?
- Read Matthew 5:11–12 and 1 Peter 1:3–6; 4:13. Do we rejoice during suffering because we want to get a reward, because we have a reward, or both? How can this help you with any suffering that you are currently facing?