You will be hated by everyone because of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.(Matthew 10:22 , BSB; and also, Mark 13:13, Luke 21:17)
What a strange time to be living in, to be able to see the actual mechanics unfolding of Christians beginning to be hated simply for the sake of the name of Christ. I have watched over the past months as, more publicly than ever, the name of Jesus and God and the words of the Bible have been appropriated by individuals who were by no means acting according to God’s ways for purposes that were by no means according to God’s will. It’s obvious when this happens. It should be obvious to Christ-followers, and it’s certainly obvious to the world, which can call out a hypocrite or a fake in a quick-second.
And I have seen individual disgust, as people shake their heads and express some version of, “If that’s what it means to be a Christian, I want nothing to do with it.” I can see, in real time, the growth of hatred just for the simple name of Christianity.
And it’s not a surprise, because Jesus told us it would come. And it’s not a cause for despair or frustration, because regarding hypocrites, God is not mocked, and regarding the salvation of individuals, God’s word never fails.
But it is a caution. It is a caution to every single one of us who say that we are Christians to look to ourselves and make our calling certain.
Therefore, brothers, strive to make your calling and election sure…(2 Peter 1:10, BSB)
Because if we are hated because we are hypocrites, it is not for the name of Christ. If we are hated because we spread lies or refuse to see or acknowledge the truth, it is not for the name of Christ. If we are hated because we claim to love our brothers, but demand our individual freedoms at the expense of their health and safety, it is not for the name of Christ. And if we are hated because we carry the name of God and the cross of Christ while promoting violence or disobedience, it is not for the name of Christ. If we are hated for these things, or because we support or encourage or promote these things, we have simply received our just consequences, and have done nothing commendable in the sight of God.
How is it to your credit if you are beaten for doing wrong and you endure it?…(1 Peter 2:20, BSB)
But if we are in Christ, we better be hated because we are holy.
.…But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.(1 Peter 2:20, BSB)
We better be hated because we are faithful, devoted followers of God’s righteous ways in every area of our lives. We better be hated because we calmly insist on doing what is right and calmly refuse to do what is wrong. We better be hated because we are willing to patiently endure any disgrace or inconvenience or even imprisonment and death rather than in the slightest way dishonor our holy God or depart, in any word or action, from His commands to love Him and love our neighbor. We better be hated for no other reason than our love of Christ.
You will be hated by everyone because of My name…(Matt.10:22). But if we are hated because we are hypocrites or liars or corrupt, it is not because of Christ’s name…If we are in Christ, we better be hated because we are holy! (1 Pet. 1:15-16)Tweet
The thing is, it is nothing new for men to corrupt the word of God. There were already many corrupting the word of God even as the apostles were just beginning their ministry.
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God…(2 Corinthians 2:17, KJV)
And the power of God’s word is not diminished by the motives of those who preach it.
But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached…(Philippians 1:18, NIV)
But if we say we are in Christ, it is up to us to be certain that in the sight of God, we speak and act in Christ.
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.(2 Corinthians 2:17, KJV)
Because if people hate us for our unswerving devotion to God’s holy ways, that’s on them.
But if people hate us for cause…If they hate us because we are corrupt or deceitful or hypocritical…If they hate us because we are careless or superficial or self-centered…If they hate us because they can see that we are not specifically trying to be holy as our Heavenly Father is holy in all that we say and all that we do…then that’s on us.
And that’s something to think about.
But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace— spotless and blameless in His sight.(2 Peter 3:13-14, BSB)
by Sydney Michalski
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