The Fellowship of His Sufferings
by Norman P. Grubb
For us also, not by our self efforts but by His own way of conditioning us, the Spirit will fix us who are willing from the heart in this same reversal of Paul’s, where our total passion becomes to hold nothing earthly —— whether loved ones, possessions, or life itself —— of any value except as how they may fit in our all—absorb¬ing passion, “the zeal of God’s house eating us up”. |
In this way, we ‘win’ (Paul’s word) a leveling up with Christ, not now of reliance on Him for my own needs, but being aligned with Him in His Saviourhood. We are taken by the Spirit those same ways He went of utilizing the power of God at our faith disposal (which Paul called ‘the power of His resurrection”) Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
We are joined to Him in that death—resurrection process of the intercessor, where death pressures involve us in taking the place of others that they may live, which he called “the fellowship of His sufferings’.
This takes us right up to death itself - Philippians 3:10; and this produces what Christ’s out—resurrection produced, not just His rising, but the “bringing many sons to glory” (the full meaning of that special “out-resurrection” word in Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
And so we go, as co-laborers to the limit, and glorying in it, even as He went to the pain and shame of the cross, not with sorrow, but joy - Hebrews 12:
2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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