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April 23 2017
The following article was written and published in the 1970s. The spiritual climate of our world has gone steadily downhill since then, making these truths more and more relevant to God’s people than ever before.
We might as well face it: tribulation is an essential part of the Christian life. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” John 16:33. Paul exhorted the believers in a group of young churches that “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22. He wrote the Thessalonians, “that no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation.” I Thess. 3:3-4. He even went so far as to characterize the proper Christian attitude toward it in these words: “we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” Rom. 5:3.
It should be very evident from these and other scriptures that God has ordained tribulation for His children. Throughout the centuries, everyone who has ever entered the kingdom of God has done so through much tribulation...more...