Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
But remember the earlier days when, after you were enlightened [to the truth], you endured a difficult struggle by having to suffer [much].
"Those persons who have suffered for trying to do what is right will be blessed because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
but since he has such a shallow root, he lasts for [only] a short while. Then when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, immediately he falls away [from God].
And when Moses observed one [of his relatives] being mistreated, he came to his defense by hitting the Egyptian,
except that the Holy Spirit reveals to me in every city [I visit] that chains and persecutions await me there.
And not only this, but we also rejoice in our troubles, knowing that [experiencing] troubles produces endurance;
And if we are [His] children, then we have an inheritance from God [i.e., blessings here and hereafter] and are fellow-sharers with Christ [of such blessings], providing we [are willing to] suffer with Him, so we can also be honored with Him [i.e., in the future life. See verses 18-25].
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if any person is in [fellowship with] Christ, he is a new person. His old ways have passed away; now his ways have become new.
Now I rejoice in [spite of] my sufferings for your sake, and I am filling up [i.e., completing] in my physical body what was lacking in the afflictions Christ endured for His body's sake, the church.
2 Thessalonians 1:3
We ought to thank God for you always, brothers, since it is proper, because your faith is growing so much and the love that every one of you has for each other is increasing more and more.
2 Timothy 1:8
So, do not be ashamed to testify for our Lord, or ashamed of [being associated with] me, His prisoner, but [be willing to] suffer hardship with me for the sake of the Gospel, relying on God's power [to sustain you].
2 Timothy 2:3
[Be willing to] suffer hardship with me like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:11
persecutions and sufferings. You know what kind of things happened to me at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra [See Acts 13:13-14:23], and what [severe] persecutions I experienced [there]. But the Lord rescued me from all of them.
For the anger of people does not produce what God considers to be right.
1 Peter 1:6
Because of this you can be very joyous, even though it is necessary for you to have suffered many trials for a little while.
1 Peter 4:12
Loved ones, do not be surprised that you people are undergoing extremely difficult trials, as though something strange were happening to you, for it is [only] a test [of your faith].
[So] then, a Sabbath "rest day" [still] remains for God's people [i.e., for Christians, in heaven].
1 Peter 2:10
At one time you [Gentiles] were not a [chosen] people, but now you are God's [special] people. Once you had not received [His] mercy, but now you have received it.
And I will say to myself, 'Soul, you have plenty of goods [i.e., grain and supplies] stored up for many years, [so], take it easy; eat, drink and have fun.'
But Abraham said [to him], 'Son, remember how you enjoyed good things when you were alive [on earth] and how Lazarus had to put up with bad things? But now here [i.e., in the unseen place of departed spirits] he is being comforted and you are in agony.
You people have basked in luxury [here] on earth and lived lives devoted to pleasure. You have fattened yourselves [as sacrificial oxen] for the day of slaughter.
Cause her as much torment and sorrow as she gave herself honor and luxurious living. For she is saying to herself, 'I sit as a queen; I am not a widow and I will never suffer grief.'