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Pain Today, Rewards Forever

by Dr David Jeremiah

"Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." - 2 Timothy 3:12

Recommended Reading: Acts 5:40-42

When supporters of Martin Luther stood by their leader in sixteenth-century Germany in protest against abuses in the established church, they were persecuted like Luther was. And for 2,000 years, followers of Jesus Christ have been persecuted just as their Lord was. We are reminded throughout God's Word that there is a cost to following our Savior, but the rewards are also great.

The probability of persecution is not the focal point of the Gospel message, but prospective followers of Christ should understand that "all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." Jesus told His original disciples plainly, "If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:20). Jesus also called those who are persecuted for His sake "blessed." Why? Because "great is your reward in heaven" (Matthew 5:12).

Persecution is painful, but the anticipation of eternal rewards for faithfulness is a balm for the wounded body and soul. Plus, it helps to know that you do not suffer alone.

"Persecution is the legacy bequeathed by Christ to His people." - Thomas Watson

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