Who Lives as Christ Will Be Persecuted

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12

Although many modern preachers teach that when we become Christians all our problems are solved, the truth is that the Bible never promises that. In 2 Timothy 3:12 is abundantly clear that everyone who wants to live in Christ will suffer persecution. Persecution is not having problems solved, but rather having more problems. You should always remember that if Christ’s kingdom is not of this world we will be living in hostile territory while we are here.

From the beginning, the Lord warned His disciples about the persecution. Take for example what he says in Mark 10:29-30: So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

The promise of Jesus to who would follow Him and leave behind home, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children and land is at this time that they will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands; but on top of that would have persecutions. That’s the part of the Christian life often not said, but which is very real. The only beautiful and perennial promise is what Mark 10:30 says: and in the age to come, eternal life.

Be persecuted for Christ and the Gospel is no cause for sadness. In Matthew 5:10 the Lord says: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The apostles understood this message very well. Peter and John enjoyed his affliction as Acts 5:41 says: So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.

With the call of Saul of Tarsus, the future apostle Paul, it also came the warning that things would not be rosy. In Acts 9:15-16 we read: But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Suffering persecution and suffering afflictions are part of the package of the servant of Christ.

But despite all the adversity we face in the name of Christ, He encourages us to remain confident. In John 16:33 He tells us: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” And in Revelation 2:10: Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

The devil, the prince of this world, he is making war on all those who are active in the army of Jesus Christ. And we can ask the same questions as does Paul in Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? The answers are given by the same Paul in Romans 8:38-39: For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God bless you.

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