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SUFFERING FOR THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD IS JESUS’ “BAPTISM WITH FIRE”
In conclusion, we can say that Jesus’ believers can never pacify themselves with the thought that there can be some form of salvation through any type of ritualism and outward religiosity. Therefore, God’s true children must obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in fulfilling the commission of Jesus Christ to bring His saving Gospel-Truth to the whole world as the Holy Spirit convicts people to open the door for them. This is not an option. Christ Jesus Himself proclaimed that the Only Way to the God the Father is through Him, (Jn. 14:6I) There is salvation in no other name but the Name of Jesus.
“In the 7th century, through profoundly new revelations from Allah, Mohammed simply converted the God of the Bible, Yahweh, and His Savior Son Jesus, into Allah and his prophet Mohammed.” [Yeshua Communications and Light of Life Ministries, Australia.]
Neither Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other religion, tolerates any form of ‘interference’ from the Real Jesus of the Bible in the lives of their followers. History proves that incredible persecution resulted from all of these and other religions; fighting one another for territory and world domination, but also warring against the obedient disciples of Jesus, who ‘dared’ to fulfill His commission to make disciples from all nations. Today, religious persecution remains prevalent as seen in the extremely violent expansion of Islam throughout the world.
Jesus’ believers have to realize that the Word of God is true under every circumstance. “The Gospel is for free,” someone once said, “but it’s not cheap.” We have to count the cost to follow Jesus, and we should never try to deceive other people into following a shallow, watered-down gospel of physical and outward wealth, health, and happiness.
Jesus declared in Lu. 14:26-33 and in John 15:20; 16:2, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also [in comparison to His love for Me,] he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross, [or hardship for the Gospel Truth,] and come after Me, [Jesus Christ Himself, not a religious system, and its manmade doctrines,] cannot be My disciple… “Likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple… But all these things they will do to you for My Name’s sake, because they do not know Him Who sent Me… These things I have spoken to you that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues, [mosques, temples, and churches.] Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service…”
The footnote of the Spirit Filled Bible explains, “A disciple must subordinate all earthly relationships to loyalty to Christ. ‘Hate’ does not mean to bear ill will, but to choose Christ over all others. A disciple must die to self-centeredness and be willing to endure suffering and even martyrdom. Erecting a stately building is costly and waging war is dangerous; illustrating the costliness and danger that disciples of Jesus must be willing to face.”
We should not find it strange, then, if we meet with hostility and adversity when we truly repent from the religious world to follow Christ in a living relationship according to Scriptural principles. Born again believers should be familiar with the rejection, slander, and other forms of persecution from even their own religious families and communities. When people from different Christian denominations and religions such as Islam sincerely embrace Christ, they will suffer severe rejection, and can even be driven from their homes and loved ones. In a second case scenario, they will be judged immediately under Shariah or Islamic law and can be put to death. The stark reality for these and all other sincere believers, is that they might forfeit everything they have, everything they know and trusted, and everyone they love, to truly follow Christ.
For this purpose, Jesus taught clearly on this subject, (Mt. 10:34-39.) If ever there is anything that keeps a soul in bondage to this world, it is the human need of acceptance. The threat of losing all our loved ones, our place in familiar society, and the support and fellowship of our entire community, can become one of the greatest obstacles a believer in Christ would have to face.
Nevertheless, the disciples of Christ Jesus must accept the fact that making new disciples for our King is but the beginning of our involvement in their lives. May God give us the grace to truly love our born again neighbors as we love ourselves, praying for them continually, and helping and supporting them as the Holy Spirit lead us.
“Then a certain scribe came and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ But Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, [familiar homes and families,] but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” (Mt. 8:19-20.)
Yet, we must also consider the following. “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, but to lose his soul for all eternity?”
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· The Reality of Suffering for the Truth of God’s Word