KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
During the call of Apostle Paul, the Lord said specifically to him that “for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name sake.”
Indeed, Paul was assailed by so much persecutions in whatever city he went to. Every word of God would have to be fulfilled. No word of God is void of power. Paul’s case was peculiar. This does not mean every child of God is to face that level of opposition that came upon Paul. You have got to know what God said to you. In any case every child of God would have to face some level of persecution. It may not be to the degree to which Paul faced.
Paul and Silas were sent from Thessalonica at night so the ranging mob will not attack them. Why would God allow Paul to go through so much persecutions? There was no city or town that he preached without being persecuted or attacked. The following are some of the reasons Paul had to go through persecutions;
1) In Acts 9:16, the Lord said he would suffer for his name sake.
This is suffering is to project the course and name of the Lord. This is not suffering for any personal wrongs done, but to foster the course of the Gospel. We as children of God must not shrink from suffering for the sake of the name of Christ. The Lord said to his disciples in Matthew 16:24 that “……if any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”
2) Paul would have to go through suffering for Christ in order to finish his work with Joy according to Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count my life dear unto myself so that I might finish my course with joy……” Satan and his devils will not sit down idle while we go around saving souls. He would raise various resistances to frustrate the work. It takes endurance of some amount of suffering to overcome the barriers, especially human resistance to the advancement of the Gospel.
3) These sufferings work for him and us an eternal weight of glory. (2nd Corinth 4:17)
(Note: The sufferings that our Lord Jesus bore in His redemptive work, like taking away our sicknesses, poverty, curses and sins are not included in the suffering that the Christian must go through. If they come your way, resist them.)
Father open the eyes of all children of God to accept suffering through persecutions as a necessary part of the Christian life.
1 Corinthians 15:31” I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
2 Corinthians 4:17 ” For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”