Blessedness for suffering

But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the Name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. (1Pet 4:13-16)

1.      The poor in spirit

2.      Those who mourn

3.      The meek

4.      Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

5.      The merciful

6.      The pure in heart

7.      The peacemakers

8.      Those persecuted for righteousness’ sake

9.      Those persecuted on account of Jesus

       (Heb 5:3-11)

In the beatitudes there are seven blessedness in the Sermon on the Mount. This is the set of inner qualities of all born-again believers.

Then there is the double-blessedness for:

(1) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Such persecutions occur frequently in families, cultures, places that are against Christ and His teachings.

(2) those who are persecuted on account of Jesus Christ. Such persecutions can be found in work- places and communities, where Christians are ostracized, sidelined and frozen in career advancement.

Before the LORD Jesus Christ returns for the Church, there will be all kinds of attacks against the Church:

(a) Internally, by false teachings and intrusion of worldly philosophies.

(b) Externally, by direct attacks against the truths taught in the Church.

The response of the Church is to rejoice in suffering for Christ and for the Gospel.

“You are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1Pet 4:14).

The Spirit of glory will strengthen Christians who are persecuted for doing God’s will.

When the pressure of persecution becomes exceedingly great, the response of such Christians is to entrust their souls to God our Creator.

Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1Pet 4:19)

Elder Yoong Yuen Soo