“Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
knowing that the same sufferings
No Christian suffers alone. Suffering is the universal mark of all true Christians.
The root idea of “experienced” is to cause to happen with the purpose of an end result. God has a purpose for what happens to us. No matter what may happen to us, the believer is to recognize what God is doing in us and all other Christians.
by your brotherhood in the world
Fellow Christians in other places throughout the world go through the same things we do.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Misery likes company. We gain courage when we realize that the devil puts all of God’s people through similar circumstances.
God does not ask us to suffer any more than He asks of other believers anywhere else in the world.
When we realize that other Christians suffer in different places, this encourages us to move on in the faith. This idea also unites us in the same experiences.
We can handle anything that life may bring us if we know the principles of the Word.
A rock develops into a gem under tremendous pressure and friction.
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. A believer stagnates in still waters.
The real test in golf is not keeping out of the rough but getting out of it after we get in.
I appreciate your clarifying this verse for me. Suffering is so hard, and you do feel so alone when you are suffering. Your teachings is an added gift to my healing. Thank you Dr. Richison
Vanessa, God bless you.
Please explain 1-Corinthians 14:34-36; 1-Timothy 2:11-15. Are women not to teach Bible Study or Sunday School in a group of men and women? I struggle with these verses because there are some women pastors I have heard that are just as biblically tight as male pastors. Some more so. Also, my Pastor asked me to teach our Sunday School class … and men are in this class.
Mamie, Go to this study first: http://versebyversecommentary.com/1-corinthians/1-corinthians-1435/ Make sure you tap on the next verse to advance to the next study.
Further, note these comments:
1 Ti 2:11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
The learning in silence refers in First Timothy to women learning from a pastor in the local church. It’s meaning does not apply to the Sunday School especially if it is a woman’s class that men attend.
12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
Again, this is a statement referring to teaching the entire congregation. “Teach” is to formally and didactically teach. “Have authority over a man” refers to the male, not mankind in general.
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
Some argue that this section of First Timothy is cultural but verses 13 and 14 indicate that there is a theological or doctrinal reason for women not teaching men collectively in the church.