LoS: Blessed are the Persecuted – Opening Thoughts

called-to-sufferJesus Christ predicted on numerous occasions that allegiance to Him would result in persecution. In fact, Christ went even farther, saying, in effect, that a sure sign of belonging to Him was to suffer persecution.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18-20)

Christ’s words have been proven true from the moment He spoke them up to the very present. They will continue to be true right up to the moment when He returns in glory.

When Adam and Eve sinned, the whole of creation was transformed into opposition to the will of God. Therefore, to be transformed through faith in Christ back towards God’s will inevitably places us in opposition to the world as well. The magnitude of this opposition is a function of the extent of our transformation back to God’s will and the nature of the society in which we live.

Thus, some Christians suffer terrible persecution for taking the very first steps of faith while others suffer almost none even though they follow their Savior to the farthest boundaries of devotion. The reasons remain shrouded within the inaccessible depths of God’s wisdom and purposes.

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