Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

How the testing of your faith produces patience and endurance.

Friday, April 22, 2011

In our passage of Rom 9, we must read the context first, then the means of attaining that which the context is talking about, and finally the subject itself.

Secondly, the means of attaining that which the context is talking about; here the means is described in JAM 1:2-4.

JAM 1:2-3 “My brethren [members of the Royal Family], keep on concluding [after weighing the facts] to keep on having perfect happiness [+H] whenever you become involved in the many categories of pressure. ”knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. The potter is at work in you, it means He is working out something on the inside which is being accomplished and achieved in your life. The potter is at work in you and is working out something on the inside which is being accomplished and achieved in your life.

This is doctrine on the inside working its way out with the result that something is accomplished.

That something is “endurance,” which refers to a stabilized faith on the inside or the stabilized use of doctrine in the believer’s life.

It comes to mean the ability to trust without wavering under the most adverse of circumstances, and even for prolonged periods of time.

Patience is faith as a distance runner – ISA 30:18.

ISA 30:18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

ISA 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up {with} wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

PSA 37:7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
PSA 37:34 Wait for the Lord, and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

Therefore it comes to mean the ability to trust without wavering under the most adverse of circumstances, and even for prolonged periods of time.

Let’s begin by noting some principles concerning the patience, the endurance and the resultant longsuffering of God who, as the Potter, is spinning the clay upon His wheel.

1. The patience and longsuffering of God is related to His lovingkindness and truth, PSA 86:15.
2. Patience and longsuffering is also related to the compassion of the Lord, PSA 103:8.
A believer who has the patience and the longsuffering of God will be very compassionate.
3. Patience and longsuffering is also related to the power or omnipotence of God, Nahum 1:3.

NAH 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger [patient and longsuffering] and great in power,

4. The patience and longsuffering of God is related to the principle of repentance, ROM 2:4.

PSA 18:35 Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand upholds me; And Thy gentleness makes me great.

JER 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, {saying,} “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

ROM 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

5. The patience and longsuffering of God is related to the Lord’s tolerance and endurance with us, 1TI 1:16.

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