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Chapter 4: MAGNIFYING CHRIST THROUGH PAIN AND DEATH

“… He loves us. And love does not mean making much of us or making life easy. It means making us able to enjoy making much of Him forever−no matter what it costs.”

“… Suffering is God’s design in this sin-soaked world (Romans 8:20)… And because sin is the belittling of the all-satisfying glory of God, the suffering that breaks its power is a severe mercy. Whatever makes us more and more able to enjoy making much of God is a mercy. For there is no greater joy than joy in the greatness of God. And if we must suffer to see this and savor it most deeply, then suffering is a mercy. And Christ’s call to take up our cross and join Him on the Calvary road is love.”

“… He (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the writer of The Cost of Discipleship) believed in justification by grace through faith. But he did not believe that the faith that justifies could ever leave people unchanged by the radical Christ they claim to believe. That was a cheap response to the Gospel. ‘The only man,’ he said,’who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ.'”

“… What you love determines what you feel shame about. If you love for men to make much of you, you will feel shame when they don’t. But if you love for men to make much of Christ, then you will feel shame if He is belittled on your account… Christ was of infinite value to Paul, and so Paul longed for others to see and savor this value. That is what it means to magnify Christ—to show the magnitude of His value.”

“Death is a threat to the degree that it frustates your main goals. Death is a fearful to the degree that it threatens to rob you of what you treasure the most. But Paul treasures Christ most, and his goal was to magnify Christ. And he saw death not as a frustration of that goal but as an occasion for its fulfillment.”

Death makes visible where our treasure is. The way we die reveals the worth of Christ in our hearts. Christ is magnified in my death when i am satisfied with Him in my dying—when i experience death as gain because i gain Him. Or to say it another way: The essence of praising Christ is to prizing Christ. Christ will be praised in my death, if in my death He is prized above life.”

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