What does the New Testament say about Persecution?
Did Jesus tell us we would never face it? No.
Did Jesus tell us we were to hate & complain against our persecutors? No.
What did Jesus, and his apostles, tell us about persecution?
The persecuted are blessed. They are to rejoice for they will have a great reward in heaven. Matthew 5:10-12
We are to love our enemies & pray for our persecutors so we may be called children of God. Matthew 5:43-45
Some will come to faith in Christ, but will not have the "roots" to stay the course when trouble or persecution strikes. Matthew 13:1-23 and Mark 4:1-20
In the end times, there will be persecution, death, and hate for believers. Many will leave the faith. There will be arrests & persecution. Matthew 24:1-14 and Luke 21:5-19
Those who leave family & homes will receive families, homes, and also persecutions. Mark 10:29-31
The world persecuted and hated Jesus. Because we follow Jesus, we can expect hate and persecution as well. John 15:18-25
The early church was persecuted. Acts 8:1
The early church rejoiced that they could suffer beatings & disgrace for Jesus. Acts 5:17-42
When Paul, Silas, & Timothy were persecuted, they said "told-ya-so" (give or take) 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Nothing, not even persecution, can separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:35-39
We are to bless, not curse, our persecutors. Romans 12:14
When cursed, bless. When persecuted, endure it. When slandered, answer kindly. 1 Corinthians 4:12-13
We are persecuted (by man) but not abandoned (by God) 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Everyone who wants to live a godly life will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12
So this is a snapshot of what the New Testament has to say about persecution.
-it will happen.
-rejoice in our reward in heaven
-pray for our persecutors.