#165 – CITIZENS SUFFER (7/8/20)
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‘Without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.’ (Philippians 1:28-30)
The church often sees itself as citizens of this world and is not prepared to be ‘opposed’ and ‘suffer for Him’.
The Philippians were being opposed because they were out of step with the culture in this Roman colony. For example, they refused to worship Caesar as lord and saviour.
If we are going to embrace our identity as citizens of heaven who live in this world, we will be out of step with many. For example, our views on marriage, the sanctity of human life from conception, the loving leadership of the husband within marriage, that Jesus is the only Saviour, the Bible is God’s word without error…
I’m not saying that we are looking for a fight. But we must not be ashamed of God’s teaching. If we are ashamed, we hide our light or become the salt that has lost its saltiness (Matthew 5:13-16).
‘ To God’s elect, exiles … In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.’ (1 Peter 1:1, 6)