The Prophetic Purpose Of Suffering: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Purpose refers to the Divine’s calling and ordinations on a person’s life. It entails the authority/mandate conferred on a person for a designation.
Purpose is God’s ordained intent for His creatures and family to abide in as their calling according to His divine appointments.
It refers to that which God needs from a creature He made which involves the limitations He saw in His handiwork that a being was made to supply; that very purpose is what the Lord felt would keep His creation together and united to Himself.
To God, purpose answered a need He personally and directly experienced during His creative process for which He made a living being to fulfill. In His personal expectations, the Creator compels the vessels prepared for His purposes to answer His need by triggering their inner impulses.
It is by God’s design that humanity would enjoy their creature inheritance.
Purpose is living and conducting one’s life consistent with divine intents, calling, and design.
Who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”Acts 1:11 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.Ephesians 3:11 (NKJV)
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV)
But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance.2 Timothy 3:10 (NKJV)
Purpose in God’s mind entails the earthly life’s works that benefits people by yielding to them their individual economies from the invisible spheres of creation. Hence, purpose demands that people utilize their unique talents, abilities, and supernatural resources to His end.
Purpose demands that voluntary commitment on the part of humanity is requisite for fulfillment and destiny not aborted.
Purpose is also concerned with the quality of one’s performance using those gifts and talents here on earth.
Suffering is the consequence of the sinful nature humanity acquired from Adam after the fall in the Garden of Eden. Thus, it has become an inevitable reality that every mortal must encounter/experience one way or the other.
Suffering too is intended to fulfill the prophetic purpose of God, given it pervaded every sphere of creation, subjecting it to travail/bondage due to the corruption brought about by Adamic sin.
God in His foreknowledge was aware of man’s due prospect to sin way before He created him. Yet, in spite of that, God in His wisdom afforded a redemptive plan for humanity, to attain in accordance with His prophetic purpose via suffering.
Thus, suffering is part of the redemptive plan of the Divine. It’s the due process by which the redemptive plan of God for humanity is accomplished.
Suffering as a reality is not selective nor does it respect/regard or disregard anyone.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:28-39 (NKJV)
The Lord is the God of plan and purpose. So He never lets anything occur that would not work to fulfillment of His sublime purpose.
The ultimate intention of God is that each of us conforms to the image of His Son Christ. Thus, suffering being part of human experience would eventually culminate in the entire human race conforming to Christ.
The positive and negative experiences we face are to serve divine purpose for humanity. God’s calling upon our lives is according to His eternal purpose.
Suffering has its unique prophetic purpose in the eternal counsel of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)
In Romans 5:3-5, we see suffering as aiding to produce character in God’s children. God allows His children to suffer so that they may bear forth character requisite for their well being in conforming to the image of Christ. There is a level of spiritual fruition needed, which no one can attain in the Lord unless some measure of suffering is divinely allowed to be exerted upon mortals by the Lord.
Suffering is used by the Divine to cripple the power of the carnal man and roots out all his fleshly deposits and vain gain. When the carnal man is incapacitated, the spirit man, who is configured to incline to the Spirit of God can thereafter vested with spiritual capacity to soar in gravitation to the Spirit of God.
Remember that the carnal man is ever hostile to God and will resist every endeavour to conform to the perfect will of God, which is Christ. The carnal man cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit because they are foolishness to him unlike the spirit man whose orientation is wired to discern the things of the Spirit.
Suffering is ordained by God to enable faith to be galvanized within you, whereby during your perilous moments you are elevated to a realm of total surrender to divine counsel/will.
Suffering helps us to comprehend the mind of God better, especially when we humbly approach Him from the posture of prayer, where we seek to establish the His mind/will over our adversities with the view to draw wisdom by which to navigate due process with available grace.
Suffering brings us to the place of perfection in mind, stature, and favour with God.
Suffering has a way to enable us to develop humility and obedience to God’s decrees. Jesus learned obedience out of the things He suffered. He is the perfect example of how people ought to embrace suffering for a just cause.
Suffering draws us away from the flesh, the world and sinful living and draws us closer to God, where He becomes our total dependence, while dethroning self-dependency.
Suffering is the scale by which God uses to determine the extent of our commitment/devotion to Him for Who He is rather than what we want of Him for our selfish desires.
Suffering, when embraced positively, brings us to a level of profound revelation, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the Divine. God uses perilous moments/seasons of life to exhibit His attributes.
The due process of suffering helps to build a sense of hope for a futuristic bliss awaiting us, both here on earth and in eternity.
Suffering prepares one for the future by fortifying a stature that can better handle the divine tasks waiting for us ahead.
Suffering helps to purge us of every form of spiritual impediments that would deny us of our inheritance.