Suffering Conforms Us to Christ

Hebrews 12:6–11

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that the existence of pain in our lives doesn’t mean that we are not children, but rather, his discipline in our lives proves that we are.

Principle for Bible Reading

What Did Jesus Do

When pondering the question, “How then shall we live?” the Scriptures are our obvious roadmap. But when we hear a command from God and wonder how we can practically apply it, we can be enlightened by asking how Jesus obeyed it. How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But thinking about Jesus’s life and how he fulfilled commands can help us gain clarity on how to do likewise. Searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey), and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.

Study Questions

  1. Do you feel loved by God when you suffer? Why or why not?
  2. What kind of relationship is discussed between God and his people when God is the cause of our pain in Hebrews 12:6–11?
  3. Are you suffering right now? How can you draw near to God and not away from him, in it?