Are You Being Persecuted For Jesus Christ ?

Do you ever get discouraged by the negative reactions to the gospel?

You shouldn’t. According to the book of Acts, the religious leaders tried to kill Paul and other believer’s many times. All for proclaiming The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as it is and continues today. Throughout the world many Christians are still dying daily for JESUS and The Gospel. Let’s look in the book of Acts and see what happened to Paul when he preached The Biblical Gospel.

The crowd began contradicting and blaspheming .

Acts 13:44-45 NKJV

On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. [45] But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.

Paul and Barnabas were persecuted and thrown out of the region.

Acts 13:50-51 NKJV

But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. [51] But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.

The crowd plotted to stone them, forcing them to flee.

Acts 14:4-7 NKJV

But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. [5] And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them, [6] they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. [7] And they were preaching the gospel there.

Paul was stoned and left for dead.

Acts 14:19-20 NKJV

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. [20] However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Both Paul and Silas were beaten down with many stripes and thrown into prison.

Acts 16:22-24 NKJV
Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. [23] And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. [24] Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Pauls hearers opposed themselves and blasphemed .

Acts 18:5-7 NKJV

When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. [6] But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” [7] And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.

Pauls hearers were full of wrath and seized Paul’s companions. 

Acts 19:26-30 NKJV

Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. [27] So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.” [28] Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” [29] So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions. [30] And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.

The Holy Spirit warned Paul that bonds and afflictions awaited him wherever he preached The Gospel.

Acts 20:18-24 NKJV

And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, [19] serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; [20] how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, [21] testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. [22] And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. [24] But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Paul’s listeners called for his death.

Acts 22:22 NKJV

And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!”

As soon as Paul began to speak, he was smacked in the mouth.

Acts 23:1-2 NKJV

Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” [2] And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

After Paul spoke there was great dissension in the crowd and he was nearly pulled in pieces. 

Acts 23:10 NKJV

Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.

More than 40 Jews conspired to murder Paul.

Acts 23:11-14 NKJV

But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” [12] And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. [13] Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. [14] They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.

Paul was called a ringleader of a sect of Nazarenes, a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition.

Acts 24:5 KJV

For we have found this man a pestilent fellow , and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

So the next time someone gives you the stink eye for speaking up for Jesus Christ, remember what Paul and his companions went through and what Jesus Christ himself has prayed for us. Remember His Word is Truth.

Philippians 1:29 KJV

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

John 17:14-19 NKJV
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [15] I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. [18] As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. [19] And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.


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