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2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Th 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
Rev 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
“The church in Smyrna (2:8-11) was a martyr church, It represents the suffering people of God in every age, It is not always outward fire. There is a keener pain in the white heat of inward trial, and there are sorrows still for human hearts to bear, as piercing as in the martyr days. What is the Spirit’s message to the suffering church? “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (2:10). Do not get out of your trouble as easily and as quickly as you can by any possible means, but rather be faithful in your trouble, be faithful even if it kills you. Be faithful not until death, but unto death, faithful even at the cost of death itself. The great temptation to the tried ones is to regard deliverance from trouble as the principal thing.
How noble the example of the men of Babylon in contrast with this! “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace,” they said, “the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).
That is the true attitude of faithfulness, to stand like Christ in the wilderness, refusing the devil’s help, until God Himself shall set us free, or accept the sacrifice at its fullest cost. This is the greatest need of today, the backbone and the royal blood of self-sacrificing loyalty to principle and to God. When the Holy Spirit can find such men and women, He can accomplish anything by them.” – A.W. Tozer
“A ‘Martyr’ has been defined as ‘a Christian who chooses to suffer death rather than deny Christ, or His work… One who sacrifices something very important to further the Kingdom of God… and endures great suffering for Christian witness.’ Voice of the Martyrs
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” – Tertullian