1 Peter 1:6-9
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:…
I. THE CHRISTIAN'S JOY.
1. Its greatness. "Wherein ye greatly rejoice." There are only three things really great in the universe — God and the soul and eternity, and as religion has to do with them all its dealings have something superior in them all.
2. Its ground.
(1) The Christian's joy is not unfounded.
(2) The Christian's joy is founded principally upon spiritual and eternal things.
II. THE CHRISTIAN'S GRIEF.
1. The nature of the Christian's sufferings.
2. The number.
3. Their influence.
4. Their expediency.
5. Their duration.
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