Be Faithful and True to Jesus – Even Unto Death

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)

You cannot fear men and the sufferings they cause, and continue to successfully serve God. Being “faithful” means not giving into the pressure of men and women (and not giving into so-called “Christian” men and women) to compromise your love and devotion to Christ.

  • “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.” (Prov 29:25-26)
  • “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (Heb 13:6 & Psalm 118:6)

The fact Jesus states is that they will suffer persecution. This agrees with what Jesus stated even while he was on earth:

  • “But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 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. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. 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 death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be save.” (Matt 10:17-22)
  • “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (II Tim 3:12)

But Jesus promises a crown of life to those who are faithful to the end. This agrees with other scriptures:”Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)

Notice he states: “behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried…” People don’t like to think of it this way, but when they persecute true Christians, they are under the direction and control of Satan – they are doing his bidding. Many of these type of people think they are doing what they do for God – but if it is against his word, they are doing it for Satan. Before the Apostle Paul was saved he was in this deceived condition. He was persecuting Christians and he believed he was doing it under God’s direction! Now Jesus warned us that this would happen:

“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16:1-3)

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