The Sufferings of God’s People

Why do good people suffer? Why do people who seems to be good persecute?

Why is Bro. Angel and his company from 36 Tandang Sora in prison? Who is behind them? What is their motive? Why they are being denied of basic necessities in life? For quite sometime they have been denied of water and food supply. People who claimed to belong to true Church persecuted them, ransacked their house. Most recently, while still living inside their house, it does not matter if the house is theirs or not, the house was being demolished not caring if people can get hurt. The people of Tandang Sora had been in a prison-like home for over a year already. Now they had been arrested without even a search warrant.

Because the root of these issues is religion, I like to cover this based on biblical teachings. The bible is very clear

1 John 4:8 (NKJV) – 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The life for a believer can be very difficult. I believe almost all the disciples of Christ in the first century had been persecuted, murdered or put to death. In fact Jesus forewarned this to his disciples:

2 Timothy 3:12 (NASB) – And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

The questions is who really are living in Christ? Based on the experienced of the first century Christians, we can relate to what is happening in our time. Let us looked at the experienced of Paul

2 Corinthians 11:23-27 (NASB) – Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if insane) I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

Apostle Paul experienced far more labors, more imprisonment, beaten, night and day spent in the deep. While this is not the experienced of Bro. Angel, it is almost similar already.

Apostle Paul gave instruction to the Corinthians, put on the full armor of God. What does it mean? Learn the full gospel, not only selected text.

Ephesians 6:10-12 (NASB) – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God,;, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

What else do we understand in this passage? So that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. What is happening? The struggle is not against flesh and blood [this is not necessarily referring to fighting but we can take it literally], the struggle is against:

against the rulers, powers, world forces of this darkness This are all referring to the people who are in power. Either religious power or political power. Why are we sure it includes religious power? Read next.

against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places – heavenly places refers to a religious group or religious places. People who physically look spiritual [holy], but inside are forces of wickedness or evil minds.

The author of Revelation wrote there are those who claimed to be apostles [Ministers in our time] but they are not. Why? Because they are liars and they are persecuting other people.

Revelation 2:2-3 (NKJV) – 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.

In the time of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is easy to know who belong to the nation of God. It is the Jews. But even their time, Christ explained that there are Jews who in reality are not. It is like saying in our time they are true Christians, but because of their evil minds, they are not.

Revelation 2:9 (NASB) – I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:9 (NKJV) – 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Did you just read that? They are synagogue of Satan! I did not say that, the bible is. In our time that is equivalent of saying Church of Satan!

God knows your hardship Bro. Angel and company. The only way to survive with this kind of people is to trust in God because it is God himself who judges these evil rulers.

Psalms 82:1 (NASB) – God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers.

Therefore live with the armor of God as Paul teaches in Ephesians 6:10, be content for Christ sake and your spirit will be lifted for you to be stronger. Just like what Apostle Paul said

2 Corinthians 12:10 (NASB) – Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Dear God, while we wish Bro. Angel and company be released from prison, it is not our will, not their will, but your will. We pray for their safety.

Read more..
http://www.rappler.com/nation/163106-angel-manalo-speaks-supporters-arrest