Friday, 3 June 2022

Christianity out of Persecutions (CW34)

      Coming World War 3

Mat 26:27-28  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
    On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus made this new covenant of His blood. At His death on the cross, this new covenant became effected making the old covenant of the Mosiac law obsolete, reducing the Jews to be Gentiles. Both Jews and Gentiles need the grace of Jesus to be saved.
Heb 9:16-17  For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

New Covenant Prophesied
Jer 31:31-32  "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
    This new covenant of the blood of Jesus at the cross had made the old covenant obsolete. Yahweh tore the temple veil into two and left the temple of God thereby ending Judaism.

Persecuted by Jewish Priesthood
Act 9:1-2  Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
    Initially, Christians were persecuted by the Jewish Priesthood and Stephen was the first Christian martyr. This forced the disciples to flee Jerusalem resulting in the evangelism of Samaria, Galilee and Judah.
    The plentiful harvest encouraged them to disciple the new converts. Gentiles too came to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. With Paul (Saul), who persecuted them, joining them in reaching out to the lost was encouraging.

Persecuted by Romans
    After General Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple of God, the Jews were scattered throughout the whole world. The Romans then turned to Christians for their entertainment. They trained them to be gladiators. They also fed them to tigers and lions for their entertainment.

To Live is Christ
Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
    During these 2 to 3 hundred years, Christianity flourished under the great persecutions of the Romans. Every Christian gave his life to Jesus and they rejoice for every salvation. With them putting all their trust in Jesus, there was hardly any heresy.