Expecting Opposition and Persecution.: by Len Paxton
2 Timothy 3:12-13
12 Yes, and all who will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (It is because of the “offence of the Cross” [Gal. 5:11].)
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse (this problem of seduction in the last days is so acute that the word Paul uses here [seducers] occurs no where else in the New Testament; this means that such an effort is unique to this particular time), deceiving, and being deceived. (Truth opens the door to even more Truth, while deception opens the door to even more deception.)
Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor’s Study Bible. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 2110
The health, wealth, prosperity gospel heresy has deceived many people into thinking that the purpose of Christianity is to provide believers with happy, healthy, prosperous,and trouble free lives. If that is your view of Christianity, then your belief system and your Theology will be greatly shaken when suffering and persecution come your way. Because of the lies of the word of faith extremes in today’s Theology, many believers are tempted to doubt God because suffering and persecution is contrary to what they are taught to expect from the Christian life.
Many are becoming offended with Jesus because of being taught wrongly that they could “Write Their Own Ticket With God.” and that they were in for “Their Best Life Now.”…
But my friends, when you truly embrace the message of the Cross, you will be persecuted simply because people who do not wish to deal with their sin cannot tolerate the Word of God or the people of God. Loyalty to Christ and His message of the Cross causes conflict with the enemies of Christ and the Cross. So, contrary to much of modern Theology, if you are planning to make the much needed stand for Truth in these last days, learn to expect opposition and persecution.
Our Salvation began with God. Our Sanctification began with God; and God is more than able to keep us through all our trials, tests, tribulations, and yes, even persecutions… Rather than concerning ourselves with self-preservation, let us confidently place our very lives in the hands of the Lord, knowing that He will care for us and bring us through into His glorious victory…….
1 Peter 4:19
19 Wherefore let them who suffer according to the Will of God (it really doesn’t matter what we have to go through in order to live for God, the end result will be worth it a million times over) commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing (victory is assured if we continue to look to the Cross), as unto a Faithful Creator. (This means God hasn’t created an insufficient Salvation. He has created a Way through the Death of Christ that guarantees victory, if we will only follow that Way.)
Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor’s Study Bible. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 2160
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