Jesus Christ, The second person of the Godhead died a torturous death to bear the sins for all generations. He rose from the dead three days later to serve as a universal King. He also acts as a Defender against the accusations of satan for Christians. Revelation 12:10-11; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Zechariah 3:1-4. Jesus Christ rules supreme at the right hand of God the Father. Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:12-13. For those Christians whom are called out of this world (And will be called out in the future) He has His Holy Spirit to train, comfort, develop, and guide them according to the pattern He has already established. Jesus example was in sync with the will of God the Father. As for the Holy Spirit, He is the third person of the Godhead whom convicts people of sin. He often times purges people in the fires of His loving righteousness via trials and tribulations. Yet, there are some whom believe He is a “force” or “energy” (He keeps a low key position as not to upstage Jesus Christ), but what do the scriptures say? “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabus and Saul for the work whereto I have called them”. And they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed to Se-leu-ci-a; and from there they sailed to Cyprus” Acts 13:2-4. To those whom believe otherwise, a thing, some force, or energy cannot speak. There are other passages that can be cited as well, but I will continue with the topic at hand. God the Father calls people. 1 Peter 2:9-10. Jesus laid the example. 1 John 1:7. The Holy Spirit trains the elect in the ways and mind of Jesus. John 14:26, 16:13. It is not easy, and the Bible states “All those who live righteous shall suffer persecution (Political or religious harassment)” 2 Timothy 2:12; Job 1:8-10. This can come in the form of evil people, sleep deprivation, bills and detrimental financial situations, law suits, machines, slanderous accusations, libelous insertions, drunkenness, drug addiction by loved ones, discord, envy, etc.. However, if you are suffering persecution as a Christian you are probably doing something right (satan hates those whom have chosen to keep God’s Ten Commandments via Christ Spirit living in them). I’m speaking of those whom have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, and His scriptural teachings. James 2:10-11; Revelation 12:17; 14:12. Bear in mind that while persecution comes to the righteous; judgement from God goes against the persecutors. The ancient prophet Habakkuk struggled with the question why God allowed wickedness to go unpunished in his day. But God whom knows all things knew the end of the wicked. God’s response was that He would send an even more wicked nation against them.
In the opening passages of the Book of Habakkuk starting from verse two it reads, “O’ Lord how long shall I cry, and You will not hear! Even cry out to you of violence, and you will not save!” The truth of the matter was God sees everything “neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do”. Hebrews 4:13. Still, the prophet was frustrated when he continued his plea. Why do you show me iniquity (Lawlessness, evil) and cause me to behold grievance? Habakkuk was inspired by God to write what he wrote, and one of the things the Holy Spirit does is “show you things to come”. John 16:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21. God would answer him with an unanticipated style. The prophet continues….”for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention”. According to 2 Peter Lot, whom was Abraham’s nephew experienced the same social turmoil before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah: And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example to those that should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished…” 2 Peter 2:6-9. Habakkuk continues to berate the judicial system of his day. He notes how weak the judges were to implement justice. Today, contemporary liberal justices in New York City do not implement the Death Penalty against those who commit violent crimes much the same way.
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