The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
The difficult road for believers
Matthew 10:17-20 “Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, (18) and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. (19) When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; (20) for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
In the same vein, there are many people who are always willing to oppose the Light and the religious representatives are no exception. These are people who have devised earthly intellectual ordinances for people to follow and if someone comes to oppose what they have built up even if this person speaks the truth, they would use whatever means is at their disposal to be rid of such a one. In this way they act as tools of Lucifer whose goal and mission is to oppose the Will of God. These human beings willingly offer themselves up to be used by this fallen Archangel in his fight against our salvation in God’s Message.
There are also other human beings who have from the outset made a spiritual decision never to be for the Light. They would have nothing to do with anything spiritual and would oppose bitterly those who have made a decision for the Light. The numbers of these people are quite considerable and they often occupy positions of power.
So under such conditions it is inevitable that those who follow the Light would be persecuted, tortured and even killed. Jesus advised His disciples not to worry about what to say because the answer to the questions that these people will pose can only come from the Wisdom of God. The cunning of these people’s intellect would make it difficult for an ordinary human being to answer them in such a way as to escape from their traps. The disciples are advised to keep their spirits open to receive answers and solutions to every problem that may be posed.
Matthew 10:21-23 “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; (22) and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. (23) When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.”
The true Word of Jesus, contrary to popular belief will cause a deep division among mankind. It will divide mankind into two opposing camps. Family relationships have nothing to do with it. It is now a question of how one stands spiritually. There will be those who will be for Jesus and those who would be bitterly against His Word. It is meant to be so. People are meant to judge themselves through the Word of God. The Word of God is the Judge for mankind. Exactly as one reacts to this true Word, either accepting or rejecting it, we judge ourselves.
Just because of this very fact, those who are unable to adhere or accept this Word would have a boundless hatred for those who use this Word with vigour. They may be family members, friends and the like. What matters before God are human spirits and nothing more. The boundless hatred they have can be taken so far as to want to kill those who have accepted the Word if they find no other way to help themselves in terms of discouraging them or attacks in some other form.
Just because they see something in these people which they can never possess; their feeling of inferiority and their acute awareness of it turns into rage and anger. He further advised His disciples not to face the hatred head on. They were to preserve their lives and continue their appointed tasks elsewhere.
They would not have completed their tasks before the Son of Man comes. They would not have finished spreading the Word of the Lord before the necessary extension of knowledge to be brought by the Son of Man commences. We will touch on the issue of the Son of Man presently but here what Jesus was saying was that the Word of Christ would not have taken root among all races by the end of time. Jesus was only trying to indicate that the time of the Son of Man is not too far off and in fact that His Coming is to be expected in the not too distant future. Meanwhile we are meant to work in the sense that He had given us. We must be firm in our faiths and be steadfast to the very end.