Sin, Suffering, Satan and...
The Victory of the True Church
Those are very good question. I pray that God will give me answers that will encourage you and show you His wisdom and love.
1. Why do we have to go through all thissuffering, why can't God destroy Satan without all this persecution, plagues etc.
First, here are some Scriptures that show us His heart and His reasons for using suffering to build our faith:
"He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
"... we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead... in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf...." 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
"...we have this treasure in earthen vessels,that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed... perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed — always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "In this [our heavenly hope] you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ...." 1 Peter 1:6-8
Next, here are two brief illustration of how God uses suffering to strengthen our faith and demonstrate His victory to others:
If we didn't suffer, we wouldn't appreciate God's comforting love.
If we didn't feel weak and helpless, we wouldn't appreciate God amazing strength.
If we didn't face darkness, we wouldn't even learn to walk by God's special Light in this world.
If our sinful nature blinded us (like the world) to our own sins and failures, we would never know the joy of God's forgiving grace.
“The pastor, his wife, and their six small children had just read
Psalm 23 while eating breakfast. Suddenly, the police burst into
his home to search the house and arrest him.
The police asked him, “Don’t you have anything to say? Have
you no sorrow or regret?”
The pastor said carefully, “You are the answer to what we
prayed today. We just read in Psalm 23 that God prepares a table
before us in the presence of our enemies. We had a table but no
enemies. Now you have come. If you would like anything that is
on the table, I would like to share it with you. You were sent
“How could you say such stupid things? We will take you to
prison, and you will die there. You will never see your children
With continued ease, the pastor continued, “We also read
about that today: ‘Though I pass through valley of the shadow of
death, I will not fear.’ ”
The officer shouted, “Everyone fears death. I know because I
have seen it on their faces.”
“A shadow of a dog can’t bite you, and a shadow of death can’t kill you. You can kill us or put us in prison, but nothing bad can happen to us. We’re in Christ, and if we die, he will take us to His eternal world.”
2. Why did Jesus have to suffer so much and die on a cross to forgive us for our sins? God is almighty, He is the ruler and the judge of all the nations, He can just forgive our sins without Jesus having to go through all this suffering?
to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 'Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth'; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously." 1 Peter 2:20-23
"...when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For
"Jesus said, 'Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” John 12:27-28
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:12-14
"I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places,that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel." Isaiah 45:3
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6