The modern American church has largely forgotten the training of the Lord—the idea that suffering brings discipleship for those desiring closer fellowship with Him. I am including, below the line, a short teaching from John Wright Follette from the book of his teachings called Golden Grain. Please pray before you read it that the Holy Spirit will show you the truth about these things. It will produce good in your life and warm fellowship wIth Jesus.
Suffering brings discipleship by His Spirit
Suffering brings us into the fellowship of the Trinity:
- Father—Disciplines us as sons, and we recognize Him as our heavenly Father. Discipline entails or spells suffering, which is necessary and needed; otherwise we are bastards.
- Son—Jesus, as Son of Man, learned obedience by the things He suffered. So will we as He conforms us to his image. Again, this entails suffering.
- Holy Spirit—We will suffer in our spirit. Jesus suffered in His spirit. The physical suffering really is nothing compared to what the spirit suffers.
He is a suffering God—a God of love, but a suffering God. So we, as cells in that Body, partake of the same. There are hidden treasures in Christ; He is a wonderful Redeemer, but He is a suffering Redeemer.
The Body is being formed and shaped, and we are the cells, and members. This Body will have to partake of the same characteristics that we find in our wonderful Lord. Paul said, “I die daily.” Paul knew something of the program of God.
There is no getting into God without suffering. In school, there is no education without studying. Without discipline, there is no getting into God. Obedience—we never know real obedience unless we know these three: suffering, discipline, obedience.
They, as the media by which we enter into God, are interrelated. In our hearts, we feel perfectly sure He is right in permitting the suffering, though we cannot answer the “why” every time. “When I came into the house of the Lord, I understood.”
We will have a spiritual consciousness of reality and Truth; it does not come by natural reasoning. Where revelation ceases, speculation begins. I can give as my personal testimony that these deeper revelations of Truth, and clear understanding of the things of God, have come only through suffering.