Went to a sermon today, where there are two to be baptised. A brother that is born into Christian family, with a almost perfect record in attending sunday school for bible study. But was sometimes rebellious during his teens. Another is a sister that used to believe that there is no God. The preacher welcomes the two new entrant to the family of Christ, but caution them to be ready for persecution by Satan, quoting 2 Timothy 3:12. He stress the words ALL and WILL BE, hence there is no exception.
2 Timothy 3:12 (author)
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
A lot of question immediately came to mind. Who is Satan? Why is he so mighty that he is able to persecute those that choose the godly life. Is not Satan created by the Almighty? Does not Satan fear the Almighty? Satan is meek as a lamb standing in front of the Almighty. In the Old Testament we can find lots of example that those who follow the Almighty’s command would prosper, would be pardoned. Below are some examples. Also we learnt from Old Testament that persecutions can be from the Almighty, as a punishment for iniquity.
1 King 2:3 (author)
3 and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn,
Proverb 28:13 (author)
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Isaiah 55:7 (God)
7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The Almighty promised abundant pardon, mercy and prosperity when we forsake wickedness, choose righteousness, obey his command and remain faithful to the one and only true God, the Almighty creator of heaven and earth.
Elias, Malachi 4:5-6