Filling Up The Suffering of Christ Part #2

* Phil 3:10-11 – That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Our suffering is making us conformable unto His death.) Fellowship is the Greek word koinonia (koy-nohn-ee’-ah); meaning; partnership, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary or profitable) benefaction; (to) communicate, communion, or distribution. Social intercourse is speaking about a partnership with Christ and a body of Christians in laboring for the Lord in the building of His kingdom upon the earth, with the love of God being the central foundation for each who is a part of this partnership, who sacrificially give their lives to cause of Christ and for one another. For each that have surrendered themselves unto this kind of bond in laboring for the Lord, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses them from all their sins. Benefaction means an act of conferring (bestowing as a gift) a benefit; the doing of good; a good deed, to communicate, communion, and distribution. This benefaction comes by way of the Spirit of God working in each in the labor for the Lord and contains rewards for those who’s hearts are sold unto the giving of their lives to Christ and to one another.  John 15:13-14 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Take special note here, this is commanded of them by Jesus to do.

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have “fellowship” one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. When we exercise our sufferings unto this unique kind of fellowship in suffering it demonstrates our fellowship with Christ allowing the sufferings to building up of His body which is the church.  2 Tim 1:8-9 – Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.  Power is speaking of force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually, a miracle itself), also ability, abundance, might, or strength. (We need this power to overcome the suffering, while setting our focus upon the results of that suffering, which should be fixed upon, “filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in our flesh (and soul) for his body’s sake, which is the church.”

Eph 1:22-23 – And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23) Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Each member of the Church must embrace their suffering as in Christ, that Christ might be manifest out of each and bringing to fulfilment of that which the Father desires in the building of up of His house. John 2:17 – And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Zeal means excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit, zeal, ardor or eagerness in embracing, pursuing, or defending anything:

Eph 6:10-12 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  It is the devil waging war against the church and all those who give their lives away, embracing suffering, for the cause of Christ and filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in our flesh (and soul) for his body’s sake, which is the church. The devil releases demons as termites to undermine the lives of Christians as well as the Fathers purposes in their lives, to hinder the building of the Fathers house.  1 Cor 9:24-27 – Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25) And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26) Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.  

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