The gospel has been preached as an invitation to grace, but upon hearing the gospel the world rejected the offer mocking the truth revealed through Jesus Christ. As a result of this rebellion the belly of hell has been extended that it might receive those who will fall because of their rejection of the savior; they are those who are full of pomp, who exult themselves in this world rejecting Christ.
“But unto them that are controversial and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that does evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek; (Romans 2:8-9)
Persecution is no strange event for those marked as sons of God, because we have rejected the world and its ways, we are counted as men unworthy of its pleasures. On every side we are perplexed, yet we are not cast down, to the world we seem weak, but to the contrary we are strong, enduring the insults of the world until the time appointed for our redemption.
Isaiah 51:7-8“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations”
- Persecution (1joh4.wordpress.com)