by Benjamin Munsell on December 17, 2019
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also MANY BELIEVED ON HIM; BUT because of the Pharisees THEY DID NOT CONFESS HIM, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God. John 12:42-43. (These people sound like people who want to ASSOCIATE WITH Christ, but are not willing to be Sold out TO Christ). Yet if any man SUFFER AS A CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed; but LET HIM GLORIFY GOD on this behalf. For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God? AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore LET THEM that SUFFER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD commit the KEEPING of THEIR SOULS TO HIM in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:16-19. This second group of people will Follow Christ anywhere and everywhere He sends them, even if it kills them, and many times it will. TRIBULATION in the world ends with the death and destruction of worldly people. TRIBULATION in a Christian means the death and destruction OF WORLDLINESS in that person as they move from Glory to Glory INTO CHRISTLIKENESS, including, NO FEAR OF DEATH. Christian, can you welcome trials, troubles, testings, AND tribulations, from the Lord, into your Life, if it means a Greater, and Closer, Walk with Christ, on this side? Until Christ Returns for His Bride, without spot, blemish or wrinkle, can't Christ use even Great Tribulation to PERFECT His Bride, even in the face of the full wrath, hatred, and anger of our DEFEATED FOE, SATAN??? If tribulation brings growth in Christ, doesn't it stand to reason Great Tribulation will bring Great Growth in Christ? Until Christ returns, don't you want to Grow In Christ, even unto the Fullness of Christ in you? Again, if there is no fear in Christ, THAN FEARLESSLY GROW IN CHRIST UNTO PERFECT CHRISTLIKENESS, whatever that looks like, and, Be Blessed.