The Goal Of The Church In The Last Days Is To Stand Firm

By: Steve Johnson 0 Comments   10/27/2015

The goal of the church in the last days is to stand firm, as persecution increases so will the boldness of the faithful.  This is what is pre-recorded in the history records, as the gospel is spread to the ends of the world.  

Wickedness will increase, many will be deceived (2 Thess. 2:10) and those that love the Lord will be greatly persecuted.  But it will work out in our favor, as our testimonies spread the truth.    

“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” – 2 Thess. 2:15

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” - 2 Cor. 1:21-22

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” - 1 Cor. 15:58

Two mistakes

Their are two mistakes that the Church will make in the last days.

The first mistake will be to stand aside, to let wickedness take over, to give in to the persecution and become ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16).  To silently agree with the lie they spread - that God does not mind our sin. This will cause a large number of people that follow these leaders to fall away from the truth as predicted in several passages like this one.

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” - Matt 24:12-13

The second mistake that the Church will make is to stand by and let the lies destroy people without saying anything about it.  This will cause many lives to be devastated as the wicked gain power and change the laws of each nation, removing God’s laws that establish righteousness.  This is predicted in passages like 2 Thess. 2:7.

The goal of the Church is to stand firm, put on the full armor of God so that we can stand our ground, not giving up any truth.  (Ephesians 6:10)

To do that, we need to study the scriptures to fully understand that not even death can overcome that truth that we have nor can anything put us back into the slavery of sin.  

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

This knowledge will strengthen the remaining believers to rejoice in the face of persecution and reject the worlds' offer to burdened ourselves with sin as they have.  

The lives of those before us have already been recorded in history for us to study, so that we do not make either of these mistakes.  “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” - 1 Cor. 10:11-12

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” - Hebrews 4: 14

Few will study the costs and realize the rewards are only on the Lord's side.  These few will accept the challenge and the adventure to make history standing with the Lord.  Will you be one of them?

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