Episode 102 Show Notes
Am I Suffering Due to Lack of Faith?
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Am I suffering due to lack of faith?
In John 9, you have the religious leaders coming to Jesus trying to trap him with a theological question, asking him about the man born blind: “who sinned, his man or his parents, that he was born blind?” And that was the logic of Job's friends, right? “Hey look, if you do what is right, good things will happen, if you do what's bad, bad things will happen. And Job, obviously, bad things are happening to you, it must be a lack of faith or it must be a lack of obedience." Same here in John 9, “who sinned, this man, or his parents?” And Jesus said, "neither." “But that God's power might be revealed in my healing him.” That's the reason… the reason again is God's sovereign purpose. His merciful revelation of His glory and power. God has a purpose that revolves around his glory. Bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to bad people.
We’re all, before God, sinners. No one deserves better than he or she has. We all deserve worse. And so the thing here is God's mercy, the focus here is on God's grace. When people say, “if you only had enough faith,” or, “there must be some secret sin in your life,” when they do that, they're taking the side of Job's false teaching friends, not the message that God gives in the book of Job and not the message that you find throughout the New Testament, that we will suffer. But as Paul says in Romans 5, "suffering produces character, and character produces perseverance, and perseverance produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame." — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. Philippians 4 says that we should always rejoice in the Lord. How do we do this?
2. I grew up hearing a lot about the Antichrist. Some people think he is a world leader others think that the Antichrist still hasn’t revealed himself. Who do you think is the Antichrist; and where in the Bible should I look to understand what to expect?
3. I have heard it taught that all suffering comes our way because we lack faith and that this is what the book of Job teaches when Job was making offerings for his kids just in case they had sinned. Is this true?
4. If God desires all people to be saved, why doesn’t he save everyone? Is this where free will comes into play?
5. What does Jesus mean when he says that not an iota shall pass away from the law?
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