Endurance in the Face of Hostility
Recently, those who oppose the biblical worldview on marriage held by Liberty Counsel labeled this Christian organization as a hate group and public enemy # 1 to their fixed position. The resolve the enemy will take in their fight against those anchored on the absolute authority of Scripture is staggering and troublesome. Jesus warned His disciples saying, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (Jn. 15:18-19). The reality of hostility is reaching new heights as those who formerly hid their sin in darkness are embolden by public approval. As a result, they now come out and parade their sin in public view and expect everyone to approve. In facing hostility, we certainly cannot allow ourselves self-authorization to modify God’s word in an attempt to blend with the cultural norms.
Luke, throughout the rest of Acts, provided an account of the hostilities Paul encountered by the relentless enemies against God. Nevertheless, Paul faced each encounter with determination and zeal for Jesus Christ that reflected his classification as an overcomer more than a victim. Paul chose, however, to align his convictions with God’s Word rather than his emotions, fleshly desires, or compromises with the culture of his day.
Paul’s battles vary slightly from our own, but the real enemy, Satan, is still on the prowl seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Happily, alongside Paul, the work of Jesus Christ continues to provide His children with endurance as we live as overcomers. How is it possible?
- The presence of hostility – Acts 21:17-36; 22:22-23
- The power of truth – Acts 21:37-22:21
- The provision of God – Acts 22:24-29
- The key to endurance is not pleasure but the pursuit of Christ – 2 Peter 1:3-8
- The escalation of endurance is pain – James 1:3-4
- The source of endurance is Christ – Colossians 1:11