“Blessed, Because of a Right Relationship with God”
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Lord Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, preached and taught the multitudes of people, what we now call the BEATITUDES, which were BLESSINGS upon the TRUE FOLLOWERS of Jesus, Himself.
At the closing of those BLESSINGS, He added two more, which should make EVERY TRUE BELIEVER or FOLLOWER of Christ, sit up and take notice. Those who are TRUE BELIEVERS will, at some moment of time, experience PERSECUTION. When you are serving Him in the ministry, it seems to be almost an EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE. PERSECUTION, comes to one who is WHOLEHEARTEDLY SOLD-OUT to God. Those who are OBEDIENT to His WILL and His WORD. Those who are PERSECUTED because of RIGHTEOUSNESS. When we STRIVE to LIVE TOTALLY OBEDIENT to the WORD of the Living God, and are LIVING in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, we will find ourselves being PERSECUTED because of our RIGHTEOUSNESS.
PERSECUTION will come to the TRUE BELIEVER, when people INSULT them, PERSECUTE them, and spread LIES, saying all kinds of EVIL against them, because of their RELATIONSHIP with Christ. Don’t necessarily think that you are in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, because you aren’t experiencing PERSECUTION. It might be that you don’t have the RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him to begin with. ESCAPING PERSECUTION is not an indicator that you are in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him.
Don’t believe that if someone is being PERSECUTED, they are NOT in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, because MOST LIKELY they are in a VERY CLOSE, INTIMATE, RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and because of that, they come under PERSECUTION. But Jesus says that the RIGHTEOUS will INHERIT the Kingdom of Heaven, and that they should REJOICE and be GLAD, because GREAT is their REWARD in Heaven. And they are in GOOD company, because the PROPHETS were PERSECUTED for their RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.
That is the BLESSINGS that the TRUE BELIEVERS will RECEIVE. But the LOST, those who have NEVER TRULY given their HEART and LIFE to God, and those who are NOT in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD, will be CONDEMNED to an ETERNITY in HELL, they may not experience PERSECUTION, or the DEPTH of PERSECUTION that a TRUE BELIEVER does, here on earth, but in HELL, they will suffer; torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair. They will NOT be BLESSED, but will be CONDEMNED for ALL of ETERNITY, unless they TURN AWAY from their sins, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, SEEKING a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, they must CONFESS their sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL their HEARTS, that Jesus died for THEM, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for them, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and have a RIGHT RELATIONSHP with FATHER GOD, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and be BLESSED. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!