In this article, John Piper writes on the life altering effects that the resurrection has in the life of the believer. He looks at Paul’s suffering and how he related it to the reality of the resurrection in his own life.

In a helpful quote, Piper explains:

The hope of the resurrection radically changed the way Paul lived. It freed him from materialism and consumerism. It gave him the power to go without things that many people feel they must have in this life. For example, though he had the right to marry (1 Corinthians 9:5), he renounced that pleasure because he was called to bear so much suffering. This he did because of the resurrection.