Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him, and the power of His ressurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being comformed to His death.
Again, we have the Apostle Paul. He really wants to know God. He really wants to know the full spectrum of Jesus. From His lowest lows to His highest highs.
I'm not going to tarry long on this one, because to be quite frank, I'm not sure what all he means. Paul was martyred, so I suppose in that sense, he fellowshiped with Christ's sufferings.
But I wonder if the women who followed Jesus as He carried the cross were fellowshiping with His sufferings. When they were there as they hammered in the nails, I wonder if that counted as knowing His sufferings.
And for ourselves today, I wonder if fellowshiping in His sufferings might have to do with deep prayer and intercession or going to a homeless shelter to give a cup of cold water to a child, or advocating for those who have not voice...
As we do it for one of the least of these, we do it for Him.
If I'm wrong on this one, I don't mind another giving me more insight. As mentioned, this verse is not completely clear to me, but I did want to mention it because of its broadness.
We can know BOTH the power of His resurrection AND the fellowship of His sufferings. And whatever it means, there is one thing I do know. When I'm willing to accept it all, the bad with the good according to the will of God (a opposed to the will of men), God makes it worth my while. So I want to be open to this verse and trust God for the parts I don't understand.
EChurch@Wartburg – 11.23.14
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