Study #7. Baptism Into Suffering.
Mark 10:38 His Baptism.
The distinguishing feature of the Man Christ Jesus, is that of suffering. He spoke of this as a baptism. (Matt. 4:1)
John 1:5 Just as light has to be plunged into darkness to dispel it, so Christ was steeped in suffering, to be the Light of the World.
1 Pet. 1:11 The Spirit of Christ testified beforehand that this would happen; the Old Testament is full of such prophecies. (Isa. 53:3)
Hebrews 2:10 ‘As the Captain of our Salvation, He was made perfect, (that is, should bring to maturity, the human experience necessary for a perfect equipment for His office as High Priest) through Suffering’. – Amplified New Testament.
1 John 4:17 Our Baptism.
‘As He is, so are we in this World’.
Mark 10:38 ‘With this Baptism shall ye be baptized’.
Galatians 4:29 It is the World that baptizes the Believer in Suffering.
Acts 14:1-2 Unbelievers still stir up others against Christians today. You are not out of the will of God because you are Persecuted!
2 Tim. 3:12 All will suffer persecution, some more, some less, the principle remains and will till Jesus comes.
Matt. 16:24-25 The Cross is our reproach for being a Christian. Not the ornament around your neck, or sickness in your body, or our Kids,or the neighbor’s stereo.
Only the suffering that comes as a result of our Christian life and testimony is our true Cross.
Acts 16:20-31 Our Reaction.
Paul and Silas sang praises!
John Ashcroft, in the election, lost the Governor’s race but was
appointed Attorney General, and was vilified by the forces that
embraced ungodly standards. That was a baptism of suffering, and
he reacted graciously and firmly as a Christian gentleman.
Three Promises for You.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation.
Matt. 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake…
Phil. 1:29 Given in the behalf of Christ to Suffer for His sake.