Joy, Fellowship, Suffering

emerald bay, cal

 

 “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8

When Paul converted on the Damascus road, Jesus Christ became the supreme treasure and joy of his life.  It was a costly allegiance.What Paul learned there in Damascus was not only the joy of sins forgiven and fellowship with the King of the universe, but also how much he would have to suffer.  Jesus sent Ananias to him with this message —

“And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” – Acts 9:16

When he came near the end of his life and warned not to go to Jerusalem, he answered —

“Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 21:13

For Paul, the glory of the name of Jesus and His reputation in the world was more important than life.

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP

Fellowship with God

 

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3 thoughts on “Joy, Fellowship, Suffering

  1. Much is learned in the way scriptures are read as the road of Damascus is the path of ignorance that blinds us to the truth. Damascus = “silent is the sackcloth weaver” essentially it is the veil that covers our eyes like the veil of the temple torn in two. So Light comes to Paul to give clarity to see that he is lost like the fish in the darkness of ignorance called “death”. So scales fall from his eyes when the enlightenment of God comes unto him. This is us on our current path filled with desires to do what we think is true for the service of righteousness as Saul’s name means “Desire”. But later “Desire” becomes “Small” as in “Humility” when “Saul” becomes “Paul” as our desires diminish our capacity to grow and perceive higher spiritual truths. But the humble heart can see the truth in all things and fears not what the future holds.

    Great post, keep shining!

    http://soulblindministry.com/2014/01/29/unraveling-the-great-mystery-part-1/

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