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Concern for our way of life…

  

Heb 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

Heb 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

Heb 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

I can’t help but wonder what life became like for those early converts to Messiah Jesus. Certainly those of us who were born and grew up here in the US cannot even remotely relate to the first century Jews as regards what life was like. We live in a nation where Christianity and the name of Jesus was entrenched since the beginning. They, on the other hand, completely broke with the entrenched religious order of their day.

Here is an excerpt from a website called: All about religion. Org;

“The persecution of early Christians began almost immediately after the Day of Pentecost and came in many forms, from the Romans as well as from the Jews.
The Jewish leaders, particularly the political party called the Sadducees, became jealous of the apostles. We are told in Acts 5 that the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. Many people were healed. More and more people started believing that Jesus indeed was the Messiah.
The Sadducees arrested the apostles and threw them into jail where they were severely beaten and told never to preach in the name of Jesus again. Peter answered. “It is better to obey God than men.” This time God intervened and supernaturally let them out. The next day they were back in the synagogue again, preaching.”
Perhaps the pain of rejection and ostracizing of our own countrymen may sting and with the help of our God and Father we could handle whatever persecution may come our way. Yaweh poured out of His holy spirit to enable us to do His work, but all too often I seek the silent way out. I‘ve become concerned I may be numbered with those addressed in Rev 3:

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

I am curious to hear from others how you fight the malaise of modern life and it’s seducing way of riches and leisure!

Here are the remaining verses of that passage in Revelation 3:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

  

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