Facing Opposition – Joseph as Our Example

As members of the church of Christ, we must be prepared to face opposition from without and from within.

In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul lets us know that “all who will live godly IN Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The Christian life is not always easy, but understanding opposition will help us meet & conquer it (the biblical way). Opposition is defined as resistance; a hindrance; an adversary/enemy; a disagreement. In Acts 4:13-21, Peter & John were “opposed” by enemies (see verse 1-3). Other examples of opposition are found in 1 Timothy 1:18-20; Galatians 5:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:18.

It comes from within. The current state of affairs in the world we live in clearly reflects a departure from sound doctrine. Christians can and will begin to oppose the very doctrine they chose to obey. We must be prepared to face opposition from our own families-physically and spiritually. Although unexpected by many, we must come to grips with the devil’s device. Destruction from within historically has always been the most effective. Acts 20:28-31 “Grievous wolves from among your own selves will enter in not sparing the flock.” Joseph’s own brethren opposed him Genesis 37:1-8.

It comes from without. Jesus taught it– John 15:18,25. We must be different from the world, but understanding that the world loves its own, we will face hatred and persecution. Joseph faced opposition from Potiphar’s wife, she opposed his purity (Genesis 39:7-20). Daily he was “tempted” (tested)!, but he did not waver in his fidelity toward his master and his God. In her anger, she falsely accuses him, resulting in his imprisonment.

Saints, keep the faith. Do not waver in our responsibility to the Lord, but be ye also ready for opposition to come.

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