Comfort in Affliction

Psalm 119:50, This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.

What is God’s promise? By faith in Christ, God promises forgiveness—He promises salvation. Christians are not exempt from afflictions and sufferings. Christians still suffer like everyone else, but the difference is that God is present in our suffering and has given us the hope in Jesus of eternal life to come. God’s promise not only comforts, but it also provides actual life. On this side of the eschaton, God fulfills His promise in Baptism by making us dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:5-11); and in the final eschaton, God’s promise is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord, promised to us in Baptism.

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