Friday, March 15, 2019

Suffering as a Christian, Matthew 10:16-28

Matthew 10:16-28:
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues18 and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. 24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

The foundation of the suffering
  • The nature of the beast – wolves, predators (verse 16)
  • The impulse of the nature – hatred, enmity with God (verse 22)

The progression of the suffering
  • Begins with hate (verse 22)
  • Proceeds to verbal attacks, name-calling (verse 25)
  • Advances to physical persecution (verse 23)
  • Progresses to legal opposition, incarceration (verses 17-19)
  • Ends with execution, killing the body (verses 21, 28)

The counteraction to the suffering
  • Behold (verse 16)
  • Be wise (verse 16)
  • Be harmless (verse 16)
  • Beware (verse 17)
  • Speak (verses 19-20, 27)
  • Flee (verse 23)
  • Fear not (verses 26, 28) 

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