Read that carefully again if you didnt get it the first time...patience? faith? persecutions? tribulation? That you endure when? NOW.....so that what?
that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer
Counted worthy of the kingdom? Gee, where have I seen that before? Oh yea, now I remember:
Luke 21:36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
How much clearer could the picture be? We suffer now, we have tribulation now, we are patient and faithful and endure persecutions now...and we pray now that we may be counted worthy to escape all of what is about to happen to the world.
Need more proof? Read on:
|... Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to|
test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
|... I'm telling you a mystery. Not all of us will die, but we will all be changed.|