Suffering Prepares Us to Enjoy God

2 Corinthians 4:16–18

In this lab, Pastor John shows us that for God’s children, all suffering is light compared to the weight of the glory coming, and all affliction is temporary compared to eternal bliss.

Principle for Bible Reading

A Grounding Statement

A grounding statement gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. A grounding statement is often introduced by the words “for,” “because,” or “since.”

In 2 Coritnhians 4:1618, we see a grounding statement in verse 17, “For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” Why should we not lose heart though our outer self is wasting away? For (or because) it is preparing eternal glory for us.

Study Questions

  1. Is there any suffering in your life that is tempting you to lose heart?
  2. Why reason does Paul give the Corinthians for not losing heart in the face of suffering (2 Corinthians 4:16–18)?
  3. What might it mean that this affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory?