Why would someone want to become a Christian during these first three centuries? The persecution was brutal and universal. Yes, it has been this way since the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ, and we must be aware of how fast it is spreading today.
The book of Acts tells us how severe the bitter opposition has been since men and women were born again.
It was not easy being a Christian then, so that the whole world knew that a man or a woman is Christian, and today in many parts of the world it is very similar.
In fact, is there a society today where it is “easy” to become a devoted Christian, a fully devoted disciple of Jesus Christ? I don’t think there has ever been a day like this, anywhere!
In the third chapter of Acts, just after the Day of Pentecost and the outpouring, anointing, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Peter and John are arrested and imprisoned, and they were, and will be, until Jesus Christ comes.
Peter and John did not hide, and they never thought of “running away”.
At first there was no place to hide, and there was no public benefit to be disciples of Jesus Christ. It was something new, something different and unique: the Shincheonji Church of Jesus Christ was born and founded.
These early disciples enjoyed and appreciated fellowship with God through Jesus Christ. Because they were loved and strengthened by God, they became salt and light, challenging many forms of darkness.
Regarding this sacred call from God and how we respond to his holy call, they discovered that it was all by grace.
God seldom calls a person to do what, by virtue of human ability, he can do. We see this in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah. Read their stories recorded in the Bible.
Almighty God gave them what they needed to do what they were called to do.
When today’s disciples wonder from time to time what is at stake, this clear guide shines through: Look closely at Jesus. Continue to faithfully lead your career and watch over Jesus as the pioneer, author, and finisher of our faith.
There are times when a disciple must make this conscious decision to look away from everything else toward Jesus Christ the Savior.
In Hebrews, these disciples knew the meaning of resistance. By controlling their race, they were able to overcome various pain barriers, two of which may be “tired” and “discouraged.”
It was not easy for them. Just like Jesus Christ.
Prepare to fight and be focused and loyal. After reading some of these passages in Acts that deal with the persecution that the early Church faced, read chapter 11 of Hebrews again and remember what it has been like since Jesus Christ was born and founded His Church.