Physical persecution

  • Matt. 10 v.22: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
  • Matt. 24 v.13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
  • Mark 13 v.13: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

These 3 scriptures which are almost identical is a promise of perseverance, not a teaching that salvation may be lost. Rather it indicates that those who are truly saved will indeed endure to the end.

  • Rev. 2 v.10: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

The believers of Smyrna were undergoing persecution and had been reduced to poverty. They received no condemnation from Christ, but were encouraged to endure suffering faithfully.

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