1. True Christian: Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. For More details please read my article “Who is a True Christian?”
2.Followers of Jesus Christ should expect persecution: Persecution comes to the believers of Jesus Christ and those who follow him. When Jesus came into the world in all of his righteousness, he exposed all of the evil of the world – and he was hated for it. Christ-followers are persecuted: The Bible says that all followers of Jesus Christ should expect persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).
For more in detail please read my other article (Are you a Godly person who is suffering for doing right?)
3.Jesus was persecuted: 1.The Plot to Kill Jesus(Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16)
2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas(Matthew 26:47-56)
3. Peter denies knowing Jesus(Matthew 26:58,69-75)
4. Jesus is interrogated, mocked and put on trial (Matthew 27:1-31)
5. Jesus is crucified(Matthew 27:35-38)
4. Jesus condemns and rebukes sin: Not only did Jesus rebuke sin, but He also commanded His disciples to rebuke sin.
Luke 17:3 – If your brother sins, rebuke him (Matthew 18:15).
Ephesians 5:11 – Do not have fellowship with sin, but reprove it.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 – The Lord’s servant must correct those who have been taken captive by the Devil.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 – Preaching the word requires us to “reprove and rebuke” – this means to tell people when they are wrong.
Titus 1:9-14 – Elders must sharply reprove people who teach things they ought not.
James 5:19,20 – We should seek to convert those who go into sin and error.
Proverbs 28:4 – Those who keep the law, will contend with the wicked. (Proverbs 28:23; 24:24,25.)
5. Should we judge others?We are NOT to Judge a person’s MOTIVES (Matt 7:1), but we are to Judge a Fellow Believer’s (a Teacher’s) ACTIONS or FRUIT to make sure the Essential Christian Doctrine is Correct- to make sure it’s NOT Contrary to God’s Word, and the “Teachings of Jesus.” ( For more details please read my other article” Should we judge others?”.
John 7:24 “Do Not JUDGE according to Appearance, but JUDGE WITH RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT.”
1 Cor 14:29 : “Let Two or Three PROPHETS SPEAK, and let the OTHERS JUDGE.”
Luke 12:57:Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
1 Corinthians 6:5:I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
1 Corinthians 2:15: The spiritual man [ie: the believer] makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment.
6. Righteous anger: As believers we do have the right to be angry under certain conditions. There are 2 types of anger Righteous Anger and Unrighteous Anger.
Righteous Anger is said when a Godly man gets angry when someone violates God’s law, and it is anger which is lawfully expressed. Righteous anger is targeted against sinful behavior , against wicked people and true injustice. Righteous anger is the quality of being angry or having indignation toward those things with which God Himself gets angry. God loved righteousness and equally hated sin. This kind of anger is good but unrighteous anger is always bad.
Examples of Righteous anger in the Bible:
God is angry: God is angry at the wicked, disobedience, those who forsake him, against unbelievers, against the sinful nations, against those who oppose the gospel, those who provoke God, those who sin against him.
Romans 2:8 :, “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.”
John 3:36:He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him
Jesus is angry: Jesus was angry at wicked traditions, their motives, and their sins.
Mark 11:20 – Jesus Curses a Fig Tree
In Mark 3:5 Jesus was angry with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who did not permit Him to do good on the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:34:O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
John 2:15:”And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables”
Matthew 16:23:But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
Paul also tells the church at Ephesus to be angry without sinning ( Ephesians 4:26).