Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Many wonder why the lives of those who have committed themselves more firmly to Jesus Christ is so difficult. Do not be surprised by what I say, that’s right, it’s not at all true that each and every one of your problems will be solved as an act of magic simply because you become a Christian. I could tell you that you may have many more problems than before. Then you could ask me, is it not worth following Christ? I tell you that, despite the difficulties, it is the only thing worthwhile in life.
The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is not based on being the universal panacea of earthly problems. The first words of the gospel are repent and become to Jesus. These words demonstrate that the path we have taken before encountering Jesus Christ is not the right one, which implies that we must put aside all that, which is what the Lord Himself calls to deny ourselves. In the call to follow Him, in addition to our own denial, Jesus Christ invites us to take up our cross every day, and that shows us that the road will not be easy.
While we are in the world, we are participants in the things of the world; but to follow Christ, we must leave all those things. It is obvious that our old companions in the works of the world and of the flesh will cease to be our friends and will trouble us. We have two options, or we cling to Jesus Christ and believe him or we succumb to social pressure and practice light and permissive Christianity to get along with everyone. The last option is not going to please God in any way; but many are using it today.
The brave ones who prefer to suffer tribulations rather than give in to the current of the world, will not be forgotten by God, but quite the contrary. And the tormentors shall be properly paid according to the righteousness of God. For those brave, titans of Christ, the promise is to give him rest in the presence of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, who will be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe. The Word is very clear, the Lord will be glorified in His saints, in those who believed in Him and endured tribulation.
What will happen to those who tormented us? The Word itself gives the answer: Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you. Let’s say it is a kind of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth executed by God Himself. And it continues: taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. These words say two things, first we feel the relief that God will take into account and will charge the affront to His children. The second is a very serious warning to the scoffers of the gospel, who, if they do not repent, will suffer the consequences. God bless you.