Jesus continues to teach us about the warfare that the believer will experience living in the world.  We are told that we will be hated by all if we live for Christ.  We look at the following issues:

  • In what circumstances might we not know this division and hostility from the world?
  • What should we do in the face of this opposition?
  • When is the "end" of which Jesus speaks?

We see that we should examine our own hearts if we are not experiencing any opposition, because that is likely to mean that we have compromised to fit in with the world - or it may mean we are not believers at all.

If we are persecuted for the sake of Christ, Jesus tells us that if we endure to the end, we shall be saved. It is not that our endurance earns salvation for us, but that if we are truly saved we will be given what we need to endure and not fall away. Christ will lose none of those who are truly His.

Finally, unbelievers are challenged to see that this world is merely a preparation for the next - it is far better to be persecuted for Christ in this world (and receive the blessings that accompany that hatred) than to remain at peace with the world and suffer God’s anger in Hell forever. Only in Christ is there any hope of everlasting life and unbelievers are invited to come to Him, take up the cross of following Him so that they may have the crown of life hereafter.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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