in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were
before you" (Matthew 5:10-12).
The words of Christ in John 15:19-20, have never been
repealed:"If ye were of the world, the world would love his
own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they
will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they
will keep yours also."
The world's hatred manifests itself in derision, reproach,
slander, and ostracism. May Divine grace enable us to heed
this word: "But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, yet
take it patiently, this is acceptable with God" (1 Peter
The Lord Jesus here pronounced blessed or happy those who,
through devotion to Him, would be called upon to suffer.
They are blessed because such are given the unspeakable
privilege of having fellowship in the sufferings of the
Savior (Philippians 3:10). They are blessed because such
"tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience;
and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed" (Romans
They are blessed because they shall be fully recompensed in
the great Day to come. Here is rich comfort indeed. Let not
the soldier of the cross be dismayed because the fiery
darts of the wicked one are hurled against him.
Rather let him gird on more firmly the Divinely provided
armor. Let not the child of God become discouraged because
his efforts to please Christ make some of those who call
themselves Christians speak evil of him. Let not the
Christian imagine that fiery trials are an evidence of
God's disapproval. "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad." Not
only are the afflictions that faithfulness to Christ
involves to be patiently endured, but they are to be
received with joy and gladness. This we should do for three
reasons. (1) These afflictions come upon us for Christ's
sake; and since He suffered so much for our redemption, we
ought to rejoice greatly when we are called upon to suffer
a little for Him. (2) These trials bring us into fellowship
with a noble company of martyrs, for to meet with
afflictions associates us with the holy prophets and
apostles. In such company, reproach becomes praise and
dishonor turns to glory. (3) We who suffer persecution for
Christ's sake are promised a great reward in heaven.
Verily, we may rejoice, however fierce the present conflict
may be. Having deliberately chosen to suffer with Christ
rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season
(Hebrews 11:25), we shall also reign with Him, according to
His own sure promise (Romans 8:17). Remember Peter and
John, who "departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for
His name" (Acts 5:41).
So, too, Paul and Silas, in the Philippian dungeon and with
backs bleeding, "sang praises unto God" (Acts 16:25). We
are told that others "took joyfully the spoiling of [their]
goods," knowing in themselves that they had "in heaven a
better and an enduring substance" (Hebrews 10:34). May
Divine grace enable all maligned, misunderstood, and
oppressed saints of God to draw from these precious words
of Christ that comfort and strength that they need.
This article is presented by Pablo Perez and Spiritual
Fuel. The words of the article were written by A.W. Pink
(One of the most influential evangelical authors in the
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