In Romans 8:17, the Apostle Paul tells us, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.” So when we share in Jesus’ sufferings (hatred, exclusion, insults and rejection) we become heirs who will also share in His glory. The four verbs above can be experienced in varying degrees of intensity.
Unfortunately many Christians today, operate under the assumption that persecution is a part of the Church’s past. The truth is that there are members of the Body of Christ that currently face severe persecution and restrictions as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ. Every day of every year and on every continent men and women face persecution because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
Here are a few examples of the kinds of persecution Christians face today:
- Physical and verbal abuse;
- Destruction of property;
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