Christ's Disciples Will Suffer
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But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
"Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,
Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
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