Counsel for a Persecuted Church

All Christians will face persecution (John 15:18–20). Some will be mistreated more than others. The church in Smyrna, for instance, suffered intense persecution that lasted for decades. After commending them for faithfully enduring persecution, Jesus warned them that even more was coming (Revelation 2:9–10). Yet even this church had a reason for hope and endurance.


Christ’s letter to the church in Smyrna closes with a promise of the blessing to come: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Don’t read that as an ultimatum. The Lord was not giving them yet another hurdle to clear on top of everything else they had already endured. Rather, it’s simply an encouragement to keep doing what they had already faithfully been doing, and to bear up under the fierce opposition aligned against them.

In themselves, believers don’t have the capacity to maintain or protect their faith. If we could lose our salvation, we certainly would. Instead, it’s the Lord who holds us steadfast in faith. Christ repeatedly declared this glorious truth to His disciples.

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