since I'm going to show him how much he must suffer for my name's sake."
He came to us, took Paul's belt, and tied his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit says, "This is how the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will tie up the man who owns this belt. Then they will hand him over to the gentiles.'"
Are they the Messiah's servants? I am insane to talk like this, but I am a far better one! I have been involved in far greater efforts, far more imprisonments, countless beatings, and have faced death more than once.
"How terrible it will be for you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed yourself! And how terrible it will be for you, traitor, one whom people have not betrayed! When you have sunk so low in destroying others, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betraying, they will betray you."
"How blessed are you whenever people insult you, persecute you, and say all sorts of evil things against you falsely because of me!
"Brother will hand brother over for execution, and a father his child. Children will rebel against parents and have them put to death.
"Then they'll hand you over to suffer and will kill you, and you'll be hated by all the nations because of my name.
Remember what I told you: "A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
"I have told you this to keep you from falling away.
He is here with authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call on your name."
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,
So we located some disciples and stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit, they kept telling Paul not to go to Jerusalem,
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display in last place, like men condemned to death. We have become a spectacle for the world, for angels, and for people to stare at.
Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;
so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions, for which you are aware that we were destined.
That is why I suffer as I do. However, I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I'm convinced that he is able to protect what he has entrusted to me until the day that he comes.
Because of it I am experiencing trouble, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. However, God's word is not chained.
and how I was persecuted and suffered in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
If you are insulted because of the name of the Messiah, you are blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God is resting on you.
I am John, your brother and partner in the oppression, kingdom, and patience that comes because of Jesus. I was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.