Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #41
Posted: April 15, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Our study of In Christ positional truth takes us this week to II Corinthians 1:8-10.  Our text speaks two times of our ‘trusting in God’.  In verse 9 the Bible tells us “…that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raiseth the dead”.  Then in verse 10 this phrase is mentioned again “…in whom we trust”.  The word ‘trust’ is the Greek word peitho which means to have all confidence in.   The tense of the verb is the perfect active, meaning not a one time trust but an ongoing continual putting of all the confidence in Him. 

The word trust is connected with two great topics for our study which are: Sufferings Conflicting Thought and Salvations Continuing Tenses

SUFFERINGS CONFLICTING THOUGHT

Paul calls on us to trust in God in a very conflicting thought that he lays out for us about suffering.  I doubt if few of us have not heard and embraced this thought.  ‘God will not put any more on you than you can bear’.  This thought comes from Paul’s writings in I Corinthians 10:13 where he says when talking of temptation, ‘God will not put any more on you that you can bear’.  Temptation is a solicitation to do evil.   In verse 8 Paul speaks of ‘trouble’.  The word means to suffer heartache, tragedy, and simply life that takes the life out of us. 

Paul gives several descriptive adjective phrases about his trouble in Asia.  He said he was ‘pressed out of measure’.  Paul said that God put so much on him that he was flattened.  The next descriptive phrase is ‘above strength’.  God put so much on Paul that he couldn’t carry it.  The last phrase “…we despaired even of life”.  Paul said that God put so much on him that he wished he was dead.  It seems like, not only will God put more on us than we can bear, but He has purposed to do so.  Our first thought is ‘Why would God put more on us than we could bear?’  In verse 9 we are told why.  “…That we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raiseth the dead…”  When we are called to bear something we cannot carry we will seek for help with the load.  What better place to go than the God who ‘raiseth the dead’.  Trust the load to Him.  He has shoulders that can bear it all.  If He can raise dead people, surely He can carry my little load. 

SALVATIONS CONTINUING TENSE

In verse 10 Paul calls on us to put all our confidence in the God who saves in tenses.  In verse 10 he says, “…God delivered us from so great a death…”  It is in the past tense and speaks of being saved from the penalty of sin.  Paul then says “…and doth deliver…”  This is the present tense of trusting God to save us from the power of sin.  The song writer said, ‘He breaks the power of canceled sin’.  Then Paul says we should trust Him that “…he will yet deliver us”.  This is in the future tense which speaks of God one day saving us from the presence of sin.   We who are In Christ can say with the song writer, There is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.  Only trust Him, Only trust Him, Only trust Him NOW.

 

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