Peter tells us to add patience, which is endurance, to our faith. This is an attribute of the Holy Spirit, a part of God’s “divine nature.” Patience/endurance is part of God’s nature, but questions arise. So, what has He endured? What sufferings did He endure? What is it about His divine nature that is patient and enduring?
We all have a good idea of what the Son of God endured. We know painfully of His physical and mental torture on the cross. But it is the spiritual sufferings He endured that were the worst. Nothing is worse than to be betrayed by those you love. The betrayal and conspiracy against Him brought much grief and pain, enduring sinners against Himself. “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not” (John 1: 10).
But God’s sufferings go back beyond the Son’s time of anguish. …
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