It’s easy to romanticize what living Christian might have been like in Bible times. God had been manifest in the flesh. Jesus died and rose from the grave. The Holy Spirit came on Jesus’ followers with great power. The apostles preached the Gospel of Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and many other parts of the Roman Empire. What a great time to be a Christian – right?
Well … it depends on how you define great time. Jesus was always honest with His followers. Here’s what He said about living Christian then –
“They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.”JOHN 16:2-3
“In the world you will have tribulation.”JOHN 16:33B
I know many Christians around the world who have suffered for believing in Christ. Some suffered to the point of martyrdom, so let’s be honest here. Most of us know little about suffering for living Christian. But that’s changing and changing fast.
Living Christian is about to become very difficult for many Christians who are still standing for the truth of the Gospel of Christ. That’s why we need to dive deep into God’s Word and hold on to His Truth. We need to pray and depend on the Spirit of God who lives in every true believer.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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