For this our light and transitory burden of suffering is achieving for us a preponderating, yes, a vastly preponderating, and eternal weight of glory;
Why, what we now suffer I count as nothing in comparison with the glory which is soon to be manifested in us.
And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude;
Be joyful and triumphant, because your reward is great in the Heavens; for so were the Prophets before you persecuted.
"Be glad at such a time, and dance for joy; for your reward is great in Heaven; for that is just the way their forefathers behaved to the Prophets!
except that the Holy Spirit, at town after town, testifies to me that imprisonment and suffering are awaiting me.
to those on the one hand who, by lives of persistent right-doing, are striving for glory, honour and immortality, the Life of the Ages;
Who is there to condemn them? Christ Jesus died, or rather has risen to life again. He is also at the right hand of God, and is interceding for us.
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us.
But--to use the words of Scripture--we speak of things which eye has not seen nor ear heard, and which have never entered the heart of man: all that God has in readiness for them that love Him.
And all of us, with unveiled faces, reflecting like bright mirrors the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same likeness, from one degree of radiant holiness to another, even as derived from the Lord the Spirit.
Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.)
For I know that it will result in my salvation through your prayers and a bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
It so increases that we ourselves make honourable mention of you among the Churches of God because of your patience and faith amid all your persecutions and amid the afflictions which you are enduring.
A plain token of God's righteous judgement, I say, since it is a righteous thing for Him to requite with affliction those who are now afflicting you;
It is true that they disciplined us for a few years according as they thought fit; but He does it for our certain good, in order that we may become sharers in His own holy character.
Be assured that the testing of your faith leads to power of endurance.
Blessed is he who patiently endures trials; for when he has stood the test, he will gain the victor's crown--even the crown of Life--which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Rejoice triumphantly in the prospect of this, even if now, for a short time, you are compelled to sorrow amid various trials.
But the end of all things is now close at hand: therefore be sober-minded and temperate, so that you may give yourselves to prayer.
Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been fully revealed. We know that if Christ reappears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.