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Saturday, November 19, 2005 AD
  Answer to 3rd True or False
TRUE: This is your loving heavenly Father's repeated message to you: "For whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights" (Proverbs 3:12). Also, "It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all become partakers, then you are bastards and not sons. Futhermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:7-11). Other important Bible passages include Deuteronomy 8:1-5; Job 5:17; James 1:2-4; and 1 Peter 1:3-9).
  Answer to 2nd True or False
FALSE: The Bible certainly speaks about Christians sharing in the suffering of Christ as a result of confessing faith in Him (Matthew 5:11; Romans 8:17; 2 Corithians 1:5; Philippians 3:10; 1 Peter 4:13). However, sometimes Christians also suffer because of their own wrongdoing. For example, the thief on the cross received the death penalty as a result of his crimes, not a result of his faith (Luke 23:40-43). Such suffering is not a participation in the innocent suffering of Christ, but simply "a bearing [or other punishment] for doing wrong" (1 Peter 2:20).
  Answer to 1st True or False
FALSE: Jesus fully and completely suffered all things for your salvation and for the salvation of the entire world. He preached from the cross: "It is finished" (John 19:30). The Greek word He used to say this can also be translated, "It is fully completed" or "What was owed is now paid in full." Thus, Christian suffering makes no contributions at all to the suffering of Christ.

When Paul says, "I do my share... in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions" (Colossians 1:24), he does not mean that Christ's suffering is unfinished or incomplete. He is speaking instead about the suffering of the church, which he also calls, "His [Christ's] body" (Col. 1:24). The church's suffering at the hands of the world will not be complete until the Last Day.
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