Must the sons of God suffer because Jesus suffered?
Jesus suffered for you that you may not suffer! You do not have to go through suffering. But because you have an adversary who wants to see you fail, you will face challenges – 1 Peter 5:8-11. But if you submit yourself to God and resist the devil steadfastly, he will flee from you.
So, the Holy Spirit, in the process of training and disciplining the sons of God will not leave you alone or forsake you in these challenges but will walk you through a path that will build in you the fruit of the Spirit. I am not saying here that God allows evil to come to His sons to teach them lessons. No! Challenges have their strange ways of bringing people to maturity by bringing them back to God’s plans for their lives. You can never have any legitimate claims to maturity until you have ventured out on your own, made some mistakes, and hopefully learned from them.
So, God allows us to make choices (Deuteronomy 30:19). Unfortunately, we do not always make the right choices. These wrong choices, outside the will of God, expose us to other challenges that we must overcome and learn from. Sometimes, overcoming these challenges come with pains that we call sufferings.
22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]. This walk with the Holy Spirit will help you further to crucify your flesh and cause you to walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Your conduct will be directed by the Spirit of God and we have the responsibility to obey Him, allowing Him to control us.
God is the vine and we are the branches. As long as we remain connected to Him through His Spirit, He will cause us to bear much fruit. The fruit is already in the vine and He will simply cause them to manifest through us (the branches) as we yield to Him.
What the Holy Spirit does is that He gives us the understanding and perspective of God on all issues. It is the Spirit of God that understands the mind of God. The Holy Spirit will lead and train us according to the mind of God. His leading in our lives leads us to fulfill our destiny in God or His plan for us. We become true witnesses of Christ by manifesting the power and authority of the kingdom of God – John 5:36.
The Spirit of God trains the sons of God to mature enough to manage their inheritances in God wisely. He is our teacher or trainer (John 14:26). He gives us the view of the third heaven of God on all issues and He causes us to have our focus on things above only. The Holy Spirit trains us to manifest the character of God (Galatians 5:22). Without Him, the Word of God will not even make sense to us.
Anyone that is not led of the Holy Spirit will be led by the flesh. The natural mind cannot understand and discern the things of the Spirit. The natural mind is carnal and will lead to death but those that are led of the Spirit will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
The Holy Spirit works to renew our mind to the things of God. This renewal comes through study and meditation in the word of God. The renewal of our mind to align with the mind of God brings transformation in our lives – Romans 12:2. You eventually will have a new mind – the mind of Christ.
As your mind becomes attuned to the mind of God, you start to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. You become more conscious of things of the Spirit than natural or fleshy things. You will eventually step into maturity as a mature and perfected son of God. Can you say a believing Amen to that?
So, you do not have to suffer because Jesus suffered. He suffered that you may not suffer. Do not look forward to suffering. Even when persecution comes because of your faith in Christ Jesus, you must be of good cheer, though sometimes difficult, because He has overcome the world.