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As God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, it is given to us to share in the continuance of that ministry, “filling up that which is behind in the afflictions of Christ” as Paul says in Colossians 1:24 – a most striking statement.
Beauty, joy, peace are to be balanced with the darker side which brings us into the “fellowship of His sufferings.” All that happens to us is God in action, affecting sometimes known and many times unknown and hidden purposes. In the matter of our union in Christ, it is clear that it is all He in us and not we working out something by our own understanding and wisdom.
Thus we are called to “give thanks in all things.” God is in charge of even the darkest scenario that we call evil, as He was in the ministry of Christ’s life and death. The resurrection is the light side of God and His unfailing dealings, but that for us comes later when we shall dwell in the light with Him.