|Revelation 3:10 |
10 Because you have kept my word with patient endurance,4 I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which will come upon all the world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
4 Five churches of "believers" so far, and almost all are on the way to Hell. Now, there is one church that is doing well, which is Philadelphia. So in what have they done well? You kept my word, and did not deny my name. He repeats: You have kept my word with patient endurance. They obeyed his commands and practiced his teachings, and they endured suffering with patience. Christians suffer? Yes, if you have not suffered, been afflicted, even been scourged, you are an illegitimate claimant to a relation with God. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts. Heb 12:6. But,if you are without discipline, of which all [true sons of God] must share, then you are illegitimate, and not sons. Heb 12:8. And, For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in His steps. 1 Pet 2:21. If you are determined to lead a godly life in Christ Jesus, you will suffer persecution; not only worldly persecution, but supernatural suffering: Beloved, do not think it is strange, concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. 1 Pet 4:12.