Suffering of the Saints - When? Where?

Suffering among Christians began with John the Baptist and continues to the present. The suffering only lasts a little while before God calls us to him (1Pe 5:10). Paul considers this affliction to be "momentary" when compared to the eternity of glory to come (2Co 4:17).

  • Mat_11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.
  • 1Pe_5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
  • Heb_10:32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,
  • 2Co_4:17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

Paul experienced persecution and suffering just about everywhere he went (2Ti 3:11). Christians are known to be experiencing suffering throughout the entire world (1Pe 5:9).

  • 1Pe_5:9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
  • 2Ti_3:11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra--which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

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