49 Because of this, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.'
|1 Corinthians 4:12|
12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure it.
20 Remember the word that I said to you, 'The servant is not greater than his lord.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word [practiced my teachings], they will keep yours also.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [All who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12. Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. 1 Peter 4:1-2. It is through many trials and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God, Acts 14:22. If there is no suffering, (even to being scourged), there is no being a son of God and no salvation, which is to be freed from sin.]
11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [Speaking to his true disciples, (then and now), Jesus said: If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, and because I have chosen you out of the world, the world therefore hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word [and practiced my teachings], they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you for my name’s sake, because they do not know him who sent me. John 15:18-21; yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2. Just as the religious establishment persecuted Jesus then, just as the religious establishment persecuted the early Quakers, including hanging them in Boston, so will the religious establishment persecute the Spirit of Jesus wherever it fully appears in His followers.]
12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you;
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse.
|2 Timothy 3:12|
12 Indeed, all who are determined to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.3 [The same sufferings are being experienced by all your brothers in the world. 1 Pet 5:9]
29 But as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.4
30 Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, along with persecutions; and in the world to come, eternal life.
|2 Thessalonians 1:4 |
4 So that we ourselves speak proudly of you to the churches of God because of your steadfast endurance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure; [Love bears all things, ...endures all things. 1 Cor 13:7]