The Necessity of Trials
This is a deep subject, that has many facets to it but the primary reason is the following:
God is preparing the church to reign with Christ during His Millennial reign. The path to His throne is a path of trials.
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy
to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain,
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and
tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
When Jesus Christ returns and sets up His millennial reign, the church will be a part of His government, that rules the whole earth. We will carry out His administration.
God our Father is using the trials of this life as a fire to prepare us.
Let us look at the process by which gold is refined.
Gold is refined by fire whether it be a furnace or open flame. The
goldsmith will watch over the process very carefully so as to not damage
the precious metal. As the gold is heated, it
The fire will purge out the dross.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
To overcome there must be something to overcome. Most of the time we pray "Lord please remove this" if He did, what would there be to overcome? How will I reign with Christ if I cannot reign over my temper or emotions etc.?
Jesus Christ has given to us His victory but we must apply it in every circumstance.
Promises to those who overcome.
Revelation 2:7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Rev. 2:17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Rev, 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Rev, 3:12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
In the rest of this course let us look at God's work in Joseph, David and our Lord Jesus Christ.