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"... our light affliction which is but for a moment ..."                                               

  II Corinthians 4:17

  The apostle Paul suffered severe afflictions and persecutions over a course of many years. Eventually he was put to death for his faithful preaching of the gospel. In describing this opposition and suffering which he and his assistants endured, he refers to it as 'light affliction which is but for a moment.' He goes on to explain how he can call such brutal treatment 'light', and how he can refer to many years of it as 'but for a moment.' When he considers that the Lord Jesus purchased eternal life and an eternal inheritance which shall never fade away for those who trust, love, and obey Him, Paul says that the contract reduces the long duration of suffering to an insignificant brief moment. And when he considers the richness of this eternal life and inheritance, its value and excellence, its diversity and quality, he says that the contrast reduces the severity of their present afflictions to lightness. In another passage he repeats this same truth using different words: 'For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.' These are precious encouragement to those who believe in Jesus Christ and who are faithful in following Him. But for those who reject Jesus Christ and His gospel, Paul's description will need to be read very differently: The afflictions of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the infinitely greater sorrow which will come upon all unbelievers. However severe life's sorrows and pains may be to those who do not receive Christ, they are very light in comparison of what they shall be unless they repent. Jesus said 'There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' The apostle Paul could have written with equal truth: 'For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the torments which shall be revealed in the ungodly.' Truly, the wages of sin are heavy. And they are not only heavy, they are long, everlastingly long. The unending duration of hell is described in the Scriptures as everlasting punishment, unquenchable fire, the bottomless pit. As God's grace is magnified in everlasting life, so His justice in everlasting punishment. These are not popular truths. But truths they are, and spoken repeatedly by Jesus Christ and His apostles. Let us embrace the blessed truths so as to avoid the grievous truths.
 

   
   

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