For every creature God has provided its proper element, and for every desire its lawful gratification. All of us understand more or less, at least, the general outline of the succession of recent events in Egypt; but what will be, in the course of time, their import and influence upon the condition and history of our own country and of the world, who shall say? (2) Crucifixion was an ignominious death reserved for slaves and rebels, and does not sin merit such a death? In the temper and spirit of His death. (4)As an earnest of heaven.3. Yes, to those who have mistaken what religion is, to the selfish, the cowardly, and the slothful, whose religion is only a device for getting to heaven as comfortably as they can.II. Now we see what is meant by this fellowship. Nor should we entirely dismiss such a theme without one look onwards. Study Notes For Philippians. He is a sympathetic companion Who stands with us,                a. (2) The poor may have fellowship with Him who had not where to lay His head. He carries its scars yet, and will carry them to his grave. By faith in them as real and efficacious, and by appropriating their fruits to ourselves. The Saviour's blood-stained banner, emblazoned with the cross, which is carried before His people, in their triumphal march, bears the cheering inscription, "I am the resurrection and the life!"(J. Guthrie, D. D.Some two hundred years ago, there was a dark period of suffering in Scotland, when deeds of bloody cruelty were committed on God's people, not out done by Indian butcheries. They are ours because Christ suffered in our room and stead. Christ never was sick or unwell. THIS KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST AND HIS SUFFERINGS HERE SO ARDENTLY DESIRED. To identify ourselves with a risen Redeemer must exert a purifying effect on our souls (Colossians 3:1).(T. The waters rise and rise, till, amid a scream and cry of horror from the shore, the lessening form of her that had death first to face, is lost in the foam of the surging wave. (1) In all their bitterness they were foreseen, whereas ours are hidden, and come in drops only. (b) He looks on man as a guilty being and on God as a righteous judge. Such must be the law of our life. And of these we are partakers, inasmuch as, embracing them by faith, God imputes them to us, and communicates to us the fruit thereof, namely, Divine and perfect righteousness, by which, absolved from all our sins, we become acceptable to God as His dear children, and can never more be called to endure any meritorious or expiatory sufferings as were those of the Saviour.II. A. WHEREFORE IS THIS FELLOWSHIP DESIRABLE?1. The Father's will had revealed itself, and that was law to Him. Coley.Thuanus tells, that a Gallic lord being led forth to martyrdom in company with some equally faithful, though plebeian professors, saw that out of regard to his rank the officers put on him no chains, while each of his brethren bore them; upon which he cried, "Let me, I pray you, be clipped of none of my honours; I, too, for love of Jesus, would wear a chain!"(S. But in the light of the resurrection life is seen to be worth living, for the stone of a purposeless existence is rolled away (1 Corinthians 15:22); and with its new aims and responsibilities and functions and motives this life has a new meaning and force. In the midst of all His agony He found time to think upon the sorrows of His broken hearted mother and His lonely disciple, and to mingle their griefs with His own. But when in the depth of the valley of humiliation Christ was ever awake to each particular of His great load of woe, and when they offered Him the stupefying potion He put it from Him. Burns, D. D.)Conformity to Christ's deathDean Alford.The participle "being made" is present, and implies a process that is going on and will continue through life — not an act like justification, simultaneous with the exercise of faith. There were sorrows into which we cannot follow Him, and His Spirit was so perfect that our imitation must be very imperfect. Pope. The resurrection was thus constantly before Christ's mind, because it was to be the warrant of His mission. The resurrection is an accomplished fact. )Fellowship with suffering longed forS. His very enemies bore witness that He trusted in God. Our Lord is not merely our authoritative Teacher, or Redeemer, but also, through real union with us, the Author of a new life within us. And from this point onward, in every relation of life, one man suffers for another's benefit. THE FELLOWSHIP of His sufferings. Yes, to those who have mistaken what religion is, to the selfish, the cowardly, and the slothful, whose religion is only a device for getting to heaven as comfortably as they can.II. In the possession of the Spirit. Now we see what is meant by this fellowship. (3) Not in certain forms of bodily affliction. ; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:12). If we heard the inward voice of conscience alone we might doubt whether there was really anything external which warranted it; if we witnessed the outward miracle alone we might see in it a mere wonder with no moral consequence. He died to all human ambition. Negatively. Nor are we to understand them as metaphorical; that as Christ died, so are we to die to sin; as Christ was nailed to the cross, so are we to crucify our corrupt passions. By the cordial reception of the benefits secured to us by His sufferings in the exercise of a lively faith.(1)Pardon.(2)Purity. (4) "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" J. Gloag, D. D.1. The crash which lights on a man and maims him, leaves him feeling for a moment unhurt. There is conformity —1. Those who are satisfied with hearing or reading about Christ: but Paul did not say, "I have heard of Him whom I believe," but "I know.". Much of Christ's sorrow arose from unavoidable intercourse with the wicked. This is explained by the following clause.1. If we learn what it is to be conformed to the image of His death, as our wilfulness and waywardness learn to submit themselves to the gentle discipline of suffering, and if in each fresh cross we find a fresh revelation of the loving will of the Father, how calm, how resurrection-like our lives must needs become!(W. Son, behold thy mother." Terror on account of sin may throw over his soul its dark shadow, but this is not fellowship with Christ's sufferings.1. If, then, God has made a new creature in Christ Jesus, He has provided for it an element and gratification for its spiritual desires. Guthrie, D. D.)The fellowship of Christ's sufferingsAnna Shipton.A dear suffering Christian on a bed of sickness, which has now proved the portal of heaven, shrank for a while from the prospect of prolonged anguish which opened before her. And do not be cast down that you have not received the fulness of blessing. But no. No man can make atonement for his own or others' sins. But if we suffer no great things on Christ's behalf, let us see at least that common life is lived in remembrance of Him, life's pleasures subordinated to His will, life's anxieties, sorrows, sicknesses, endured patiently in His strength.II. As Christ died to sin, passed out from the penalty and imputation of sin, He had no more to do with it. He carries its scars yet, and will carry them to his grave. (3) The hidden disciple, called to stand and wait, may have fellowship with Him who lived, with but one exception, in the seclusion of Nazareth for thirty years. Guthrie, D. D.)The fellowship of Christ's sufferingsAnna Shipton.A dear suffering Christian on a bed of sickness, which has now proved the portal of heaven, shrank for a while from the prospect of prolonged anguish which opened before her. He suffered —(1) Voluntarily and cheerfully — do we suffer willingly? (2) Voluntary, whereas all ours are deserved being entailed by sin.2. The devils have it but are not better for it, and a man may be sound in his ideas about these things without caring an atom for them.2. This is perhaps Paul's leading idea. Even so, while there never was a time that the will of the Man Christ Jesus was opposed to the will of the Father, yet there was a time when its obedience was not completed, and thus He learnt obedience by the things which He suffered. The crash which lights on a man and maims him, leaves him feeling for a moment unhurt. The state of the world around them, drunkenness, Sabbath profanation, etc., must be peculiarly afflictive. Those who share the pains of Christ are entitled to His joys. (5) "This day shalt Thou be with Me in Paradise." This Christ knew well in Gethsemane and on the cross, when He complained of spiritual desertion, and similar sufferings are experienced by believers when the light of God's countenance is obscured.II. For this faith is needful, and devotion, submission, the support of a heavenly arm, and the expectation of a heavenly home. Not in His merits: the crown must be forever on His head. The eye that is the quickest to see beauty is most pained by deformity; the ear that most loves harmony is most pained by discord. (4) In the exercise of lively faith — do we give way to despair?II. No longer by the scourge, and the crown of thorns, and the cross — but by mockery and scorn, by coldness and alienation, which in our present state of ripened social order are weapons as powerful as any outward persecution was then.2. By(1)our hatred of sin;(2)our fervent prayer against it;(3)our desire for sanctification;(4)our joyful anticipation of a sinless world.(A. 2. And as it was with them historically, so it seems to be doctrinally here. Sin and the devil will not let us alone in its various stages. Yet he did not desire suffering for its own sake, but for its benefit. The fabric which its Divine Architect meant to rest upon a group of pillars cannot be safely rested, even by a man of genius, upon one. Our Lord rose to lead, for the most part, a hidden life. Paul wished to be raised in the scale of being, and he knew that he could not have Christ's holiness without Christ's sadness, His grace without His grief. J. Gloag, D. D.)The fellowship of Christ's sufferingsT. A. THE FELLOWSHIP of His sufferings. (4)Alienation from God.(5)Pride.(6)Envy.(7)Earthly-mindedness.2. The elder of the two is staked furthest out. IN WHAT RESPECTS A CHRISTIAN MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SUFFERINGS OF HIS MASTER.1. 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