We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease? Must Christ pass through seas of his own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dryshod in silver slippers? No, our Master’s experience teaches us that suffering is necessary, and the true-born child of God must not, would not, escape it if he might. —Charles Spurgeon
term “sanctification” is a common buzzword in many Christian circles, and it is
rightly associated with the teaching that Christ’s disciples are being made
holy by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. However, we must not limit
ourselves to a merely abstract and cognitive understanding of this doctrine.
Rather, God’s Word calls us to recognize that sanctification is a present reality
in our daily experiences. Whenever we encounter hardship and opposition in life,
we can rest in the assurance that God’s Spirit is working through it to make us
more like Jesus Christ.