Church of Jesus EM

Sun, May 10, 2020

The Persecuted Because of Righteousness

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Those Who Are Persecuted Because of Righteousness
(Mt5:10-12)

God is the Rewarder (He11:6).
What He promises He surely fulfills (Nu23:19) and
He rewards those who believe Him with the kingdom of heaven.

Faith is believing Him and longing to receive the kingdom of heaven.
The life of this faith life is willingly being persecuted because of righteousness.

As righteousness is non-compromising and exclusive,
inevitably those who oppose will clash or persecute.
While many people in the world have been persecuted for social justice in their times,
All men were labeled as unrighteous, however, since
Their ancestor Adam was deceived by the devil and disobeyed the word of God (Ge3:4-6).

The Bible is written of what righteousness is and how
Those who tried to live righteously were persecuted (2Ti3:12).
Righteousness refers to God (Ex9:27), the word of God (Ps119:138),
The law and the commandments (Rm7:12), and those who obey the law (Rm2:13).

The history of Israel is one of suffering and persecution (Ex1:7-22; Nu25:18).
As a chosen people of God and
Promised of the land of Canaan by Him (Ge17:7-8),
Having circumcision as the sign of the covenant (Ge17:11),
Their exclusive and closed life due to the Law given by God made them
An object of gentiles’ hatred.

While they suffered because of the word of God (Ps119:153, 157) and
So had an extraordinary obsession with the temple where the stone tablets were,
Ironically they persecuted and killed the prophets who rebuked them (Mt23:33-35).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise again in three days,” because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-22),
He Himself would become the righteousness to judge and reward (2Co5:10).
But His deeds on Sabbath (Jn5:6) and rebuking of the teachers of the law (Lk11:47-51) made Him
The target of the persecution from the Jews and thus was passed over to death.

As He died, however, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Obeyed the Father’s command in order to receive resurrection, being confirmed as the righteousness (Jn10:17-18);
2) Condemned the devil the unrighteous one (1Jn3:8); and
3) Redeemed the sins of all men so they may be made righteous (Rm5:18-19; 2Co5:21).

His resurrection is the proof of the righteousness and
He ascended to heaven and became the King of righteousness (He7:2).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent convicts the world
Concerning sin, righteousness, and judgement (Jn16:7-11):
Righteousness is Yeshua, the word of Yeshua and faith (Jn12:48, 16:10; Rm3:21-22).

Christianity is the history of persecution and oppression
By those in political power, religious power and families.
Thus for Yeshua and the gospel and faith,
Without compromising with unrighteousness,
Countless true Christians received severe punishment, refusing to be released from it
In order to receive a better resurrection (He11:35-38; Rev20:4-6),
The great reward in heaven (Mt19:28-29; 2Co4:17-18).

O Lord,
We are all for the Righteousness that came from heaven!
We all want to be disciples of Yeshua
Persecuted willingly and
Persecuted joyfully and gladly. Amen.
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