: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” - 2 Timothy 3:12, 13.
COMMENT: The early Christians faced fiery trials brought about by the devil who was bent on stopping the work. They were bitterly opposed by many Jews and gentiles. The persecution of the devil is even worse now that he has been cast down from heaven. (Revelation 12:7-12) When people due to their selfishness and greed do not consider God and His word in planning and carrying out their schemes, their ways must of necessity clash with that of the ardent Christian. Jesus Christ said: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) The situation will worsen as we match more and more into the last days. While being “blameless and harmless” and not giving cause for offence or rebuke in anything, Christians must avoid exposing themselves to unnecessary danger and the guile or deceit of the ungodly just as the serpent has the cunning to escape danger.