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LESSON 18

SUFFERING

The goldsmith refines his gold by melting it with an intense heat so that the impurities will come to the top. He does not intend to harm the gold, but desires to make it more useful and valuable. God sees the lives of His children as unrefined gold. He desires to purify His children and does so by putting them through the fires of affliction, troubles and sorrow.

1. Jesus Christ, though the Son of God, learned obedience only through a special way. How did He learn this? Heb. 5:8

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2. If we suffer with Christ, we shall also be ....................................................................................

with Him. Rom. 8:17

3. "If we .................... .........................., we will ......................... with Him". 2 Tim. 2:12

4. What does 2 Tim. 2:3 tell us that we should do?

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5. When Jesus turns sorrow into joy, can anyone take it away? John 16:20, 22

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6. John the disciple saw the revelation of Jesus and viewed heaven as it will be. There are five things connected with sorrow that will not be in heaven. List those five things below.

Rev. 21:4

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7. Romans 8:18 says that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. This means: (Please underline the correct answer).

(a) Our sufferings are worthless.

(b) Our glory and sufferings shall be with us forever.

(c) Our eternal reward will be so great that our present sufferings will seem as nothing.

8. What is God to us in time of trouble? Psa. 46:1

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9. Why should we glory in tribulation? Romans 5:3

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10. In the days of old, the Lord was the Savior of the Israelites. What happened to the Lord when His children were afflicted? Isa. 63:8, 9 ...........................................................................

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11. There is much to learn from the verse in Isaiah 43:2 which mentions the child of God passing through the waters, in the rivers and in the fires. Answer the following questions after studying this verse by underlining the correct word or words in capitals:

(a) God EXPECTS / DOES NOT EXPECT His children to pass through the waters of trouble.

(b) Rivers of opposition WILL / WILL NOT FLOW against the child of God.

(c) God WILL NOT LET US / EXPECTS US to walk through the fires of tribulation and

troubles.

(d) God PROMISES / DOES NOT PROMISE to be with the believer when he passes through the waters of trouble.

(e) Rivers of opposition WILL / WILL NOT overflow God's child.

(f) The child of God SHALL / SHALL NOT be burned when walking through fires of

tribulation.

12. How can we be equipped to comfort those who are in any trouble? 2 Cor. 1:3-5

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Congratulations on having completed this lesson. You have only two more lessons to do in order to complete the course. May you continue to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ". 2 Peter 3:18
 

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