Text: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore (a conclusion) endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
2 Timothy 2:2-3.
Good morning, well prepared Christian! When the ever-present persecution promised to you and to me comes - are we ready to endure it; learn from it; and grow stronger as a consequence of it? Praise God for well prepared Christians!
“Yea, and ALL that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou has learned and been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” (2 Timothy 3:12-14)
The words Jesus taught His disciples in the opening verses of John Chapter 16 must have brought great fear and dread to their all too fallible hearts. However, the Lord Jesus deemed this teaching most necessary to the well-being of His initial followers whom He was about to leave here on earth.
The lessons Jesus taught His initial disciples are still most necessary for ’end times’ Christians today. We do well to learn these lessons again.
First, the Lord Jesus explains His reason for revealing such hard truths to His followers - ‘…that ye should not be offended…’, or too deeply upset. (V.1)
What Christ then prophesied must have made the disciples’ hearts shiver with dread: “They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God a service.” (V.2)
We do well to acquaint ourselves with the knowledge of how Christ’s disciples died. We latter-day Christians must also be well prepared for such possibilities. Be prepared, dear friend, there are bad times coming. There are very bad times coming real soon! Be prepared!
Do You Know How the Disciples Died?
Suffered martyrdom in
2. Mark: Died in
3. Luke: Was hanged in
Faced martyrdom when he was
boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in
5. Peter: He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James (the Just): The
leader of the church in
7. James (the Great): The
son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a
lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader
of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at
Also known as Nathaniel was a
Was crucified on an x-shaped
Was stabbed with a spear in
11. Jude: Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias: The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
Was tortured and then beheaded
by the evil Emperor Nero at
Thought: We talk the talk - but are we prepared to walk the walk? Lord, help us!