|Romans 5:2-4 |
2 By whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works patience; [Paul is speaking to mature believers, those who have experienced tribulations, to work patience. Spirit imposed tribulation and suffering are part of the cross, and the only way you will ever be rid of sin. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you, 1 Pet 4:12. Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin, 1 Pet 4:1.]
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope;