Saturday, June 6, 2015

Persecuted because of the Promise

"28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now." (Galatians 4: 28-29)

Whenever we face persecution, especially from religious people, or other Christians still trying to earn rather than receive righteousness, let us never forget that are inheritors because of the promise made to Abraham:

"1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12: 1-3)
and then
"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." (Genesis 17: 7)
Today, we who believe on Jesus are also Abraham's seed:
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatias 3: 29)
Jesus prophesied this blessed standing for us on the Sermon on the Mount:
"11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matthew 5: 11-12)
We are inheritors of great and precious promises:
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1: 4)
So, even when people attack us, it does not matter, for in Christ Jesus, we are blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1: 3), and through Him we freely receive all things (Romans 8: 31-32)
Not only that, but these attacks only cause His favor to fall more on us:
"9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10)
We are persecuted because of the Promise of our Father, granted to us through Jesus. Since God is for us, it really does not matter who is against us, now, does it? (Romans 8: 31)

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