But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. – 2 Timothy 4:5
Paul, imprisoned in Rome, wrote this second letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. In the letter, he admonished the young man of many things going on around him and to come in the future. He told Tim to be careful in all he did, to watch out for those who opposed the truth, and to complete the mission that God entrusted him, even in the face of suffering for the cause of the Good News.
In this very letter, Paul wrote about those in the last days who would drift from the faith, oppose sound doctrine, chase after teaching that suited their purpose, and deny the power of God that could and would otherwise save them. People of this sort will be just like the people of Jesus’ day, who claimed to be children of Abraham and hence heirs to the promise of God through Abraham to the nations. They will be blessed by the coming of Jesus, who sacrificed his life to save all who would believe on him and have everlasting life.
The problem then was that they erred in their faith. They trusted in the Law of Moses more than trusting in the Son of God. They had a righteousness that came from following the Law but could not be saved by it. Only Jesus and faith in him could save the Jews of his day, and us today! They chose to hear what they wanted to hear rather than Jesus, and hence God. They killed him for it.
Don’t think for one moment that so-called “Christians” of today who do exactly like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day won’t turn on true disciples of Jesus and turn them over to the police and demand their execution. Think on how our government has been preparing you to turn in your neighbor when you see “suspicious” behavior, not criminal just suspicious. When the soon coming day has the law passed outlawing true Christianity, don’t be afraid. Keep declaring the word of truth to the lost. You might lose all you have including your life, but the reward is sweet – eternity with JESUS!
Father, thank you for your mercies everlasting! Thank you for choosing to send Jesus to pay the price I could not. I love you, Dad. I need you and your provision. You have told me of the coming atrocities to your people in this nation, just as our brothers have been suffering in nations around the globe. Help us to stand in the face of adversity to declare and share the truth of your Word. This dying world still needs you. They need to hear the love of Jesus and how to be saved. May your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.