MI 101 Lesson 15 audio Persecution

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Philosophiy Biblically of persecution and God's overriding purpose

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Persecution in the Church:

Persecution in the Church Dr. Robert Patton Missionary to Suriname, South America

The situation today:

The situation today 82% of all martyrs for faith are Christian 166,000 were killed in 2003 – by now, we believe the number is 200,000 200,000,000 are under threat of death, imprisonment or torture; 400,000,000 are discriminated against in addition

Do not be surprised:

Do not be surprised The Bible, especially the New Testament, was written by persecuted believers for persecuted believers. It deals especially with persecution for righteousness.

Peter warns:

Peter warns 1 Pet. 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you , as thou some strange thing happened to you 13. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings ; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyr for Christ killed by Nazis WWII:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyr for Christ killed by Nazis WWII Discipleship means allegiance to the suffering Christ, and it is therefore not at all surprising that Christians should be called upon to suffer... When Christ calls a man, He calls him to die

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jozef Ton’s comments:

Jozef Ton’s comments God plans to populate the universe with those who resemble Jesus Christ True believers will share ruling with Christ and reflect His glory We are on earth to test us and develop the necessary character

God’s plan for the future for the believer:

God’s plan for the future for the believer Rev. 1:[6] And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen . Rev. 5:[10 ] And hast made us unto our God kings and priests : and we shall reign on the earth.

Jozef Ton’s concepts:

Jozef Ton’s concepts Trials and testings are to prepare us for eternity – will we pass the test? He provides what we need, but we need to permit Him to work in our lives He wants to make us kings like He is King, but will only entrust such positions to them who obey Him as He obeyed His Father

Bonhoeffer’s comment:

Bonhoeffer’s comment O nly he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes True belief demonstrating itself in obedience to God’s commands , not simply intellectual acquiescence

Persecution purifies the church:

Persecution purifies the church We need cross-carrying messengers of a cross-centered gospel

The promise of Christ:

The promise of Christ Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses ( martyrs ) unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth Marturia – witness = martyr…

God’s ultimate goal for man is dominion with Him:

God’s ultimate goal for man is dominion with Him Rom. 8:[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren .

God’s ultimate goal for man is dominion with Him:

God’s ultimate goal for man is dominion with Him Heb. 2:[10] For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings . If He suffered, how about us?

God’s goal:

God’s goal Mt. 24:[47 ] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods . Lk . 12:[44] Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Man was no longer fit to rule after the fall:

Man was no longer fit to rule after the fall With the fall, God’s plan was thwarted as man now had a sin nature, and his spirit became unable to communicate with God At the cross, Jesus basically restored God’s plan

God is currently testing mankind:

God is currently testing mankind God has chosen the world as the place for both developing and testing man’s character He is testing man’s obedience and his allegiance to his Creator

There are several names for God’s final purpose:

There are several names for God’s final purpose Obtaining an inheritance Reigning with Christ Being glorified with Christ Having treasures in heaven Rewards in heaven

Suffering and martyrdom are part of God’s plan:

Suffering and martyrdom are part of God’s plan They develop the character man needs to be fit to rule They test the quality of his work as well as his loyalty to the King

But it is more than simply suffering.:

But it is more than simply suffering. All people suffer at one time or another. Persecution is suffering for righteousness sake – and this is highly prized and rewarded by God

Jesus – beatitudes:

Jesus – beatitudes Mt. 5 :[ 10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven .[ 11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Jesus – beatitudes:

Jesus – beatitudes Mt. 5 :[12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you

Future rewards:

Future rewards Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Future rewards:

Future rewards Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Future rewards:

Future rewards II Corinthians 4:16-17 For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

Future rewards:

Future rewards II Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Man created in God’s image:

Man created in God’s image Gen. 1:[ 26 ] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth .

Man’s creation is important:

Man’s creation is important Man is created in the image of God, and has intrinsic worth and respect and dignity God works in creation on man’s behalf God’s character founds the basis for law He expects us to act toward others as He acts toward us

This remains true after the fall:

This remains true after the fall Genesis 9:[5] And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man .[ 6 ] Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man

Man created in God’s image:

Man created in God’s image God is concerned with minimal civil rights to vulnerable groups Life To be unharmed The necessities of life - we should not be denied them Protection of personal property

Man created in God’s image:

Man created in God’s image Humans have rights because God created them, protects them, and demands justice for them Protection against physical abuse, abortion, being taken hostage

The right to be wrong:

The right to be wrong When we do not respect man, we do not respect the God in whose image he is created ! God does not want a religion by compulsion, but from the heart

Man, created in the image of God, has intrinsic worth, respect and dignity:

Man, created in the image of God, has intrinsic worth, respect and dignity Because Islam and communism do not acknowledge that man is created in the image of God , they have no basis for individual human rights, and do not give them Their idea is rights given to groups , not individuals intrinsically

God is a trinity, and the God of relationships.:

God is a trinity, and the God of relationships. Men have a basic equality although differences exist – as in the trinity The trinity relates to each other Thus rights exist in the context of relationships This includes the right to worship in relationship with others.

God is a trinity, and the God of relationships.:

God is a trinity, and the God of relationships. We also have freedom. We have wills that are freed to chose the right, though often we choose the wrong, especially as sinners

The full expression of religious freedom has been adversely impacted by the fall:

The full expression of religious freedom has been adversely impacted by the fall We long for unrestricted freedom of worship and propagation of faith This often results in persecution

What about our rights?:

What about our rights? There is a difference between public rights, which we should fight for, and private rights, which sometimes we should yield We may be called on to give up some of our rights privately

What about our rights?:

What about our rights? However, this does not mean that we insist that others give up their rights which we have voluntarily yielded for the sake of Christ We see that Paul sometimes used his rights of Roman citizenship We must see what advances God’s kingdom, and not our own plans

Creation was good, but free will allowed a usurper to rise:

Creation was good, but free will allowed a usurper to rise Isaiah 14:[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations ![ 13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven , I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Creation was good, but free will allowed a usurper to rise:

Creation was good, but free will allowed a usurper to rise Isaiah 14 :[14 ] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds ; I will be like the most High .[ 15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit . Lucifer, the most glorious angel created by God, rises up to attempt to take God’s place in the hearts of man

Satan lies and lures mankind into rebellion against God:

Satan lies and lures mankind into rebellion against God Man rebels against His creator, and follows the advice of the rebel satan The god of this world begins his work with self as the dominant principle not only in his own being, but in the lives of mankind, who now are following him

The fall and suffering:

The fall and suffering The basic person who created the problems on earth is man , who was not satisfied with being the image bearer but sought equality with God The serpent will be defeated by the seed of the woman , but He will suffer pain in the process

The fall…:

The fall… The woman will experience Pain in childbirth Strain in her relationship with her husband, where she seeks to control him instead of allowing him to rule

The fall and suffering:

The fall and suffering The man was created to be able to work, but now the work will be frustrated It will be accompanied by pain Ultimately death will cause failure in further work

The fall and suffering:

The fall and suffering Death is also spiritual and requires God’s intervention for restoration of fellowship Our pain points us to God and the eternal, where our true fulfillment lies The price of reconciling creation with God is pain and suffering

Adam and Eve separated from Eden:

Adam and Eve separated from Eden

God created man with free will to freely choose or reject His love:

God created man with free will to freely choose or reject His love Man is capable of real love , which requires freedom of choice God created the universe knowing that man would spoil it but in redemption His glory would be seen . And redemption would mean pain and suffering

The first religious persecution - Cain and Abel:

The first religious persecution - Cain and Abel The first between righteousness Abel and unrighteousness - Cain It began at the first recorded formal worship service It began in the context of the home itself

Cain and Abel:

C ain and Abel

We find a principle starting with Cain and Abel:

We find a principle starting with C ain and Abel Galatians 4:[28] Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise . [ 29] But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now . Although this refers to Ishmael and Isaac, it is a general principle that those living in the flesh persecute those living in the Spirit

Lot… 2 Peter 2:

Lot… 2 Peter 2 [ 7 ] And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked :[ 8 ] (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds ;)[ 9] The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished

Lot’s escape from Sodom:

Lot’s escape from Sodom

Insights from the Pentateuch:

Insights from the Pentateuch Lot rescued from persecution - 2 Peter 2:7-9 Lesson - persecution is not restricted to spiritual giants or mature believers All claiming to follow God will be challenged to take a stand

Persecution of the righteous:

Persecution of the righteous 2 Tim. 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution This is a promise of God

The Bible has many examples of the righteous suffering:

The Bible has many examples of the righteous suffering 1.Moses threatened with stoning by his own people 2. David threatened by Saul on several occasions 3. 85 priests of Nob killed by Doeg and Saul 4. Many prophets hunted and killed by Jezebel 5. Elijah persecuted by Ahab & Jezebel

Righteous suffering:

Righteous suffering 6. Micaiah imprisoned by King Ahab 7. Elisha threatened by death by the king 8. Hanani imprisoned by King Asa 9. Zachariah stoned at the order of King Joas 10. Jeremiah suffered greatly from both kings and false prophets

Righteous suffering:

Righteous suffering 11. Uriah the prophet is caught and executed 12. Manasse killed much innocent blood - traditionally Isaiah the prophet is one of his victims 13. Daniel , Shadrack , Meshak and Abednego

We need this perspective:

We need this perspective The example of Job and Paul To handle the horrors of ISIS and Boca Haram To face the possibility of persecution ourselves

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