Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bruce: the present affliction

Sunday, January 14, 2018
    Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
    I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
    —Romans 8:18 (NIV)
    [Of Romans 8:18]
    The glory to come far outweighs the affliction of the present. The affliction is light and temporary when compared with the all-surpassing and everlasting glory. So Paul, writing against a background of recent and (even for him) unparalleled tribulation, had assured his friends in Corinth a year or two before this that ‘this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison’ (2 Cor. 4:17). It is not merely that the glory is a compensation for the suffering; it actually grows out of the suffering. There is an organic relation between the two for the believer as surely as there was for the Lord.
    ... F. F. Bruce (1910-1990), The Letter of Paul to the Romans, An Introduction and Commentary, 2nd edition, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1985, p. 159 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:18; Ps. 30:5; Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 4:17; 11:23-27; 1 Pet. 1:6; 5:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me so that I might see the glory to come.
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