Let suffering Saints remember, and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of their faith ( Hebrews 12: 2 ). Who for the joy that was set before him, endure the cross, despised the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We must not think it strange if the best men meet with the worst treatment ( even within their family and closed relatives ), But this is cheering, that the word of God is not bound. Here we see the real and true cause of the Apostle’s suffering trouble in, or for, the sake of the Gospel:
“ God will reward every wrong endured. For uttering loud boasts of folly. They beguile and lure with lustful desires of the flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrongdoers. They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement – For by whatever anyone is made inferior or worse or is overcome, to that ( person or thing ) he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through ( the full, personal ) knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse ( for them ) than the first. ” – 2 Peter 2: 18 – 20.
If we are dead to this world ( Galatians 5: 19 – 20 ), its pleasures, profits, and honour, we shall be never with Christ in a better world. He is faithful to his threatenings, and faithful to His promises ( Hebrews 13: 8 ). This truth makes sure the Unbeliever’s condemnation, and the believer’s Salvation.