Daily Devotion Thursday, 30 March 2017
The limitations of our mortality
The sixth kind of suffering that we experience is the limitations of our mortality. For a Christian, every travailing pain that we endure has a purpose. We are being adjusted and positioned, through the pain of dying, for a better resurrection. It will be by resurrection that we are brought forth from the natural creation into the new heavens and earth. The whole of the creation is caught in the pain and suffering of this travail. We also have a part in the suffering and travail that everything in the creation presently endures. Its travail is positioning us so that we can be brought forth out of this present mortal order of creation into the glorious liberty and freedom from mortality that belongs to the sons of God.
The apostle Paul declared that the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us as the firstfruits of our inheritance, is also travailing in us. He turns our suffering and travail into an intercessory prayer. This is how He helps us in our weakness. Speaking of Christ, the prophet Isaiah stated that 'in all of their affliction, He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them'. He then continued to say, 'But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit'. We note that it was the Holy Spirit who was described here as 'the Angel of His Presence'. We recall that it was the Holy Spirit who ministered the capacity of Eternal Spirit to Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, to endure His affliction on our behalf. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is the Messenger of Christ who has been sent to help us in our distress.
|Heb 11:35 Rom 8:21-23, 26 Isa 63:9-10 Luk 23:43 Heb 9:14|
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