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PATMOS BIBLE STUDY – Lesson 2
January 27, 2022

PATMOS BIBLE STUDY – Lesson 2

January 27, 2022

 

PATMOS BIBLE STUDY

Lesson 2 – The God of All Comfort

 

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. 8 We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. 9 In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NLT)

We have two small children, ages three and five. They are like accidents waiting to happen! At least once a day, one of them will scuff his knee, fall off her bicycle, pinch a finger or stub a toe.

When they cry out in pain, we always rush to their side. We would gather the basic facts (“What happened?”), but our primary job at such times is providing comfort and support. We hold them while they cry, kiss the hurt finger and lovingly apply a Band-Aid.

When you are in pain, what can others do to comfort and support you?

Whenever we comfort others, we imitate our heavenly Father—the God of all comfort. Second Corinthians 1 describes the comfort we receive from the Lord during our suffering and trials. It also emphasizes the important role other Christians—especially those who know God’s comfort—can play during our troubles.

One of the many paradoxes of the Christian life is that the grace of God is most keenly experienced not in the best but in what seem to be the worst of times.

The Father has and all . God is the one who gives comfort to the believer.

“The Lord says, “I am the one who comforts you.” ~ Isaiah 55:12a (NCV)

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” ~ Isaiah 66:13 (GW)

Compassion denotes God’s and his concern for the plight of those who suffer.

Comfort is what God gives to those who suffer.

  • – comfort
  • – action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope
  • – urgent or strong appeal; earnest request

God his servants to suffer, and then comforts them so they may in turn comfort others.

  • The Apostle Paul suffered and was comforted partly so he could bring comfort to others in any trouble.

Just as Christ received joy and glory in his resurrection, and sent the Holy Spirit of comfort, comfort also overflows to believers through Christ. In union with Christ, we face the hardships of sin and death, but we also receive compassionate encouragement from God.

The comfort we receive from the Father during our suffering produces in us.

Patient – steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

Endurance – the ability to withstand hardship or adversity especially; the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.

Hebrew – ‘filled with running water’; constant continual

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ~ Romans 12:12

Endurance describes how believers must continue in faithful service to the end. Yet, endurance will not last unless it is patient.

Comfort enables believers to find , which in turn makes them as they endure suffering.

Patience is the to wait for Christ to return and end all suffering.

As we face trials, disappointments, and conflicts, we must believe that we have in Christ that will help us to endure.

Paul’s description of his sufferings revealed the depth of his heart and appealed to the Corinthians for sympathy. He had been under great pressure, and the problems had been beyond his ability to endure. We cannot be sure what hardships Paul had in mind, but we know he endured: riots, vicious attacks, imprisonment, and physical illness. The problems had been so great that Paul had despaired even of life, losing hope that he would survive. In his discouragement, he had felt the sentence of death in his heart, almost succumbing to defeat.

Why is it important to learn how to rely on God rather than ourselves (v. 9) during life’s trials?

How can God be glorified as a result of our suffering (vv. 10-11)

Discussion: In what ways have you experienced God’s comfort during times of difficulty and pain? How have you been able to help others because of the suffering and comfort you have experienced?

 

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