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Everlasting Weight of Glory part two
Everlasting Weight of Glory part two
Friday April 3, 2009
By Wayne McDonald


2Corinthians 4:17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!].

Paul starts out by saying our light affliction is working for us. Let’s find out what his light affliction was. 2Corinthians 11:24-27 Five times I received from [the hands of] the Jews forty [lashes all] but one. Three times I have been beaten with rods: once I was stoned.

Three times I have been aboard a ship wrecked at the sea; a [whole] night and a day I have spent [adrift] on the deep. Many times on journeys, [exposed to] perils from the rivers, perils from bandits, perils from [my own] nation, perils from the gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the desert places, perils in the sea, perils from those posing as believers [but destitute of Christian knowledge and piety].

In toil and hardship, watching often [through sleepless nights], in hunger and thirst, frequently driven to fasting by want, in cold and exposure and lack of clothing. When I take a good look at what this man of God went through to preach the gospel my trial does not seem so bad.

All of us go through things. We live in a sin infested earth, but you and I are light in the darkness. Take full advantage of whatever your going through and let it be like purifying fire. Your mess will be turned into a message. Your test will be turned into a testimony.

Allow the thing that hurt you the most to be turned into proof of the resurrection. When Jesus rose from the dead He showed the disciples his hands and feet that were pierced. What hurt Him the most now became His proof of the resurrection. His father took the pain out of the wounds but left the scare as proof that He was dead, but is now alive. It became His everlasting weight of glory.