“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
We live with betrayal, vindictiveness, immorality, unspeakable crimes, and war such that only the strong in faith can have peace and endure to the end. Jesus pointed to these events as the “beginning of sorrows” (v.8, NKJV). Now children murder their parents, brothers and sisters square off against each other, and churches split because one faction embraces unbiblical lifestyles. Jesus began the discourse by saying, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (v.5, NKJV). Later, He offered hope, saying, “But for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days” (v.20, NKJV). Salvation is only for those who endure to the end (v.13). Is your witness enduring?