and Their Objective
Value and Glory of
What does the Apostle
Peter say concerning the trials through which
every believer must pass?
Dear friends, do
not be surprised at the painful trial you are
suffering, as though something strange were
happening to you. But rejoice that you
participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that
you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12,13.
How important is the
trial of our faith?
These have come so
that your faith of greater worth than
gold, which perishes even though refined by fire
may be proved genuine and may result in
praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is
revealed. 1 Peter 1:7.
What reason did Paul give
for glorying in tribulations?
Not only so, but we
also rejoice in our sufferings, because we
know that suffering produces perseverance,
perseverance, character; and character, hope. And
hope does not disappoint us, because God has
poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy
Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5.
Prophecy of Trials
What, according to the
prophecy of Daniel, was to befall the people of
God down through the ages?
Those who are wise
will instruct many, though for a time they
will fall by the sword or to be burned or
captured or plundered. Daniel 11:33.
Why was this to be?
Some of the wise will
stumble, so that they may be refined, purified
and made spotless until the time of the end, for
it will still come at the appointed time.
Looking forward to the
conflicts through which His followers must pass,
what cheering message did Christ send to them
through the revelator?
Do not be
afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell
you, the devil will put some of you in prison to
test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten
days. Be faithful, even to the point of death,
and I will give you a crown of life.
Revelation 2:10, 11.
How many does Paul say will
In fact, everyone
who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus
will be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:12.
Trails in Ancient Times
What description does
Paul give of the sufferings endured by some of
Gods people in former ages?
Women received back
their dead, raised to life again. Others were
tortured and refused to be released, so that
they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced
jeers and flogging, while others were chained and
put into prison. They were stoned,
they were sawed in two; they were put
to death by the sword. They went about in
sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted
and mistreated the world was not worthy of
them. They wandered in deserts and mountains,
and in caves and holes in the ground.
Chastening and the Crown
Does God willingly
afflict the children of men?
For men are not cast
off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief,
he will show compassion, so great is his
unfailing love. For he does not willingly
bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
Why does God permit the
chastening rod to fall?
disciplined us for a little while as they thought
best; but God disciplines us for our good,
that we may share in his holiness.
Referring to Peters
coming sore trial, for what did Christ say He had
Simon, Simon, Satan
has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed
for you, Simon that your faith may not
fail. And when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers. Luke
What cheering promise is
made to those who endure the trials and
temptations of this life?
Blessed is the man who
perseveres under trial, because when he has stood
the test, he will receive the crown of life
that God has promised to those who love him.
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