Suffering With Him Outside the Camp

James 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

Matthew 5:14-16 "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

John 5:39 "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

John 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

John 14:10 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."

2Cor 6:1 "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain."

James 1:25"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

As doers of the work. What exactly do we do and why? First lets answer why.

2Cor 1:3-5 "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."

The sufferings of Christ are supposed to abound in us? How?

1Pet 4:12-13 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."

We can see that we are to share in Christ’s sufferings. Consider that for a moment.

2Cor 4:7-11 Explains, “ But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (speaking of His called out ones), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh."

Christ is our example.

1Pet 2:21 "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps"

1Pet 2:24 "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

To be thereafter a witness of our healing. (this mentions our responsibility to be witnesses of that healing)

He bore our sins and so we must follow His example by taking up a similar yoke and bear or endure the sins of others as He did, suffering by their hand or with them through their hardships. Doing so by His empowerment in us continuing to make disciples.

We must endure sufferings whether they be of our own doing or others, often for the good of others. Christ bore the burdensome sins of many (ourselves included)on the cross once for all in order to perpetuate his Fathers plan of establishing righteousness over evil. Not only by His death on the cross but even now continually as He compassionately leads many to righteousness by healing humanity’s needs physically and spiritually through those that were to follow Him. Christ did this as He walked the earth and yet today as He lives and serves, teaches and heals with His own hands, the hands of His body the Church. We are His body.

Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

2Tim 2:12 "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us"

Matt 11:28-30 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Since the coming of the comforter)

How do we take this yoke upon us? How do we continue to bear His yoke, His cross, His burden as He now lives and continues to work through us His body?

To serve others is to serve Him.

Mat 25:35-40 "For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

This IS easier said than done, but is possible! God’s special help is available for the asking.

John 14:10-16 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever"

The future Bride of Christ whom we are to be, are gifted and equipped to carry on.

1Cor 7:7 "For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that."

1Cor 12:4 "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit."

Rom 12:4-6 "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; etc. . .”

2 Tim 1:6-7 "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Rom 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Mark 10:21 "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me."

Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor."

We are able to give or sacrifice our all through the gifts He has given us or rather EMPOWERED us with, to offer everything which our gifts can perform. Our gifts are not something we keep to ourselves but offer willingly.

Concerning the implementation and use of gifts, offerings and sacrifices’ in the Old Testament read: Num 18:29 "Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it."

The people were to make offerings of their gifts showing their thankfulness to Him who gave them the gifts. To spiritually apply the practice established, what do we offer to God today from our gifts? Our spiritual sacrifices and offerings today are defined by the gifts we are given and from them, we make offerings to others through our talents and abilities, [individually and collectively ] as a Church. Continually sharing the load of the yoke of Christ which is made easier since the comforter has supplied spiritual power and direction to carry out Christ’s gospel work through His spiritual body, the Church or Ecclesia.

Again, to serve others is to serve Him.

Mat 25:35-40 "For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

It is important to know that our spiritual sacrifices’ are offered more importantly in physical deed.

James 2:14-17 "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

James 2:18-20,22-24 "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God."

We see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. To whom are these works directed? Christ explained on numerous occasions and laid the groundwork plans that we should follow.

Matt 5:44-47 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?"

Matt 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Matt 5:45 "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun (or his lights whom we are to be)to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain (spiritual water or oil of the spirit)on the just and on the unjust."

These scriptures are speaking of direct application of God’s healing love toward man. A utilization of Christ’s compassion through us today can be accomplished IF we have faith. Not only did Christ preach these directions which his disciples should follow but He performed them. He laid hands on the sick; approached, served and ate with the unapproachable; gave hope to the weary; He stood up for the truth. He spoke in parables to the people when it was too much for them to understand at the moment and so on.

Mark 2:16-17 "And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

1Pet 4:10 "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

It is interesting and important to know ‘ where’ our works or deeds or spiritual sacrifices’ are to be carried out and why. Where did Christ actually suffer and die for humanity? Scripture symbolically explains.

Hebrews 13:10-13 "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach."

Bearing the same difficulties He did. Difficulties with what kinds of things? What does without the camp mean? It basically means outside the City, Jerusalem, the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of the spirit, whose temple we are.

Eph 2:21-22" In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

Outside the camp means outside the confines of any comfort zone, outside the fellowship of the Church congregation. In Christ’s time outside the Camp or city was where the refuse was deposited. Murderers were put on the cross and unclean things such as swine dealt with and diseased lepers were relinquished to.

So His called out army is to suffer with him outside the camp of the saints which implies service to those who are anywhere outside the realm of God’s Church congregations. Aiding, encouraging, providing for, feeding (physical & spiritual food) clothing, sheltering, praying with and for, and serving those future brothers and sisters in Christ whom God is drawing and calling to himself through Christ, His body-In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph 2:21-22

1Pet 4:11 "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Doing this suffering with Christ necessitates COURAGE and FAITH! Suffering can hurt and be scary!

1Pet 4:12-13 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."

1Pet 4:14 "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified."

Remember the admonitions of Mathew 25:34-45. . . .and Mat 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Christ knows who are His even before he draws them to Him, over days or even years. God has their potential in His mind from the beginning and because He is not willing that any should perish, we can be sure that those people whom His Church serves shall likely be our called out and baptized brothers and sisters one day!

Some of the most profound, touching and motivating words ever spoken were these by our elder brother and savior, Jesus Christ Himself.

John 17:6 "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word."

John 17:9-10 "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them me."

John 17:16-18,20-22 "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one"

1Pet 4:19 "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."

Mark 12:33 "And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Hosea 6:6 "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings."

So suffering with Christ means sometimes bearing the brunt or sharing the yoke of others’ sins, troubles, burdens and comforting them with the same comfort which we have received, and comforting them with the same knowledge we have received as they begin OR continue their own conversion process.

If we still ask why, Phillpians 3:10-14 answers, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

From Adams Clarks Commentary on Heb 13:12 – “without the gate” That he might sanctify the people - That he might consecrate them to God, and make an atonement for their sins, he suffered without the gate at Jerusalem, as the sin-offering was consumed without the camp when the tabernacle abode in the wilderness.

Perhaps all this was typical of the abolition of the Jewish sacrifices, and the termination of the whole Levitical system of worship. He left the city, denounced its final destruction, and abandoned it to its fate; and suffered without the gate to bring the Gentiles to God.

From Mathew Henry’s Commentary On “without the gate” 1. The duty - to remember those that are in bonds and in adversity. (1.) God often orders it so that while some Christians and churches are in adversity others enjoy peace and liberty. All are not called at the same time to resist unto blood. (2.) Those that are themselves at liberty must sympathize with those that are in bonds and adversity, as if they were bound with them in the same chain: they must fell the sufferings of their brethren.

2. The reason of the duty: As being yourselves in the body; not only in the body natural, and so liable to the like sufferings, and you should sympathize with them now that others may sympathize with you when your time of trial comes; but in the same mystical body, under the same head, and if one member suffer all the rest suffer with it, 1Co12:26. It would be unnatural in Christians not to bear each other's burdens

Cont. from Mathew Henry’s Commentary: Now what are the sacrifices which we must bring and offer on this altar, even Christ? Not any expiatory sacrifices; there is no need of them. Christ has offered the great sacrifice of atonement, ours are only the sacrifices of acknowledgment; and they are...

1. The sacrifice of praise to God, which we should offer up to God continually. In this are included all adoration and prayer, as well as thanksgiving; this is the fruit of our lips; we must speak forth the praises of God from unfeigned lips; and this must be offered only to God, not to angels, nor saints, nor any creature, but to the name of God alone; and it must be by Christ, in a dependence upon his meritorious satisfaction and intercession.

2. The sacrifice of alms-deeds, and Christian charity: To do good, and to communicate, forget now; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased, Heb_13:16. We must, according to our power, communicate to the necessities of the souls and bodies of men; not contenting ourselves to offer the sacrifice of our lips, mere words, but the sacrifice of good deeds; and these we must lay down upon this altar, not depending upon the merit of our good deeds, but of our great high priest; and with such sacrifices as these, adoration and alms thus offered up, God is well pleased; he will accept the offering with pleasure, and will accept and bless the offers through Christ.

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