2 Timothy 3:12

2 Timothy 3:12

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution.”
2 Timothy 3:12

“Saints and persecution will juncture inevitably. It may range from a subtle remark with cutting propensity or out and out torture, but it will be recognizable persecution.”
– C.R. Oliver (From his book: “Called to be Saints”)

It is interesting to note that the onus of the scripture above is on the word “live” (“all who live godly shall suffer persecution”). The worldly and the religious have very few issues with the words and confessions of people. But persecution and strife come to those who LIVE godly in Christ Jesus. Wherever the light of Christ is expressed in terms of how one lives, the spirit of this world, ruling in the lives of those who love darkness will rise in hatred to oppose its shining. The light of truth exposes that which is false and pretentious in the darkness.

The Light has come and more importantly IS come to be in those who walk with Him in spirit and in truth.

“This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21

True disciples “do the truth”; more than a confession it is a life filled with walking it out. In the doing of the truth, they come to THE LIGHT, grow in the light, and by their works reveal that they are of Him. It is the actual doing of the works of God that will cause the world to hate us.

“Marvel not, my brethren,
If the world hate you.”
1 John 3:13

Brian Troxel

 

C.R. Oliver

C.R. Oliver

(Excerpt from his monthly newsletter on the exegesis of Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Ephesus).

“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that you may know what is the hope of His calling”
Ephesians 1:18 NKJV

“Evidence of spiritual blindness in the modern church is still a factor of concern. Paul was not addressing those outside the church, those who still had the veil of ignorance. He was praying for the church to have full comprehension of the hope of His calling. This is the hope of glory. This is the depth of His provision. To know Him is to see the vastness of His power and the encompassing of His love. Paul wants his congregation to experience what he experiences. He wants them to have “God Eyes” and take His view of things as reality rather than the circumstances around them. From a prison, he prayed for them to see the “big picture” and become a part of true fellowship”
– C.R. Oliver

C.R. Oliver is a very dear brother to me; his wisdom and kindness have been a refreshing fountain of God’s grace in my own life. The fire that burns within his heart has often kindled my own. I encourage any who read this to visit his site and to avail themselves of the wellspring of Christ within him.

Zadok Publications

Quote for Today – C.R. Oliver

Quote for Today

“The hand of the Lord is not just a feeling; it is an anointing of power beyond the senses reach. Definite in touch, it demands attention even to the blotting out of all other considerations. His hand reassures, transmits confidence and gently directs focus. By His hand, one enters the “God realm of reality on an eternal scale.” It silences the noise of the world and causes one to step into the sovereign reign of heaven”
C.R. Oliver from his new book – “Exact Ezekiel