The Church and Persecution part 1
But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.
You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (NLT)
Most times we find people praying against persecutions, however in scriptures we see that persecutions are inevitable especially to those who are active ministers of God. Jesus suffered persecutions, the disciples suffered persecutions, so what makes us think it would be any different now? So it’s very important to know that persecutions will surely come. Are they from God? Of course not, like I said earlier even Jesus Christ was persecuted, and the very reason why we suffer these persecutions is simply because we are identified with Him.
John 15:20 ‘Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.’
We see it in even 2 Timothy 3:12. Not only did Jesus suffer persecutions, even the apostles did too (2 Corinthians 11: 23 -27, 12:8-10). People who stood for the gospel suffered it too(Acts 7:54 -59). So it’s clear what and why we are being persecuted, we are being persecuted because we stand for something the world can’t accept. We stand for Christ and live our lives based on His standards and not the world’s. Not only will persecutions which come to oppose the gospel which we preach come to us, the world and the devil Will bring circumstances (tribulations) our way, which may seem too much to handle at some point.
However, the reason why we are aware of these things is not to tremble in fear, but to rejoice and prepare so that when they eventually come we are not taken unawares. John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Glory to God!! We rejoice, because we know that Christ has overcome (1 Peter 4:12-19). We are not sad, we always choose to rejoice because we know we have victory in Christ. We rejoice and stand, continuing to press, because we know that through our steadfastness many will be blessed, many will be saved, Hallelujah. That’s one of the things that kept Christ going, He knew that through His patience in the times of tribulations and persecutions leading to His death, burial and resurrection , I would be saved, that you also would be saved. He saw His glorious bride, and didn’t give in but accomplished His task.
The thought of you and I kept Him going. We also rejoice. We rejoice knowing fully well how many will be saved through the gospel that we preach. So we are not afraid of persecutions or tribulations of life, for we know in those times, we are strengthened in Christ Jesus. We choose to rejoice.
I glory in persecutions, I choose to rejoice at all times, I always rejoice because I know Christ has overcome for me.
Author – Praise