A Short Study of Acts 15:21-22
“And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Continue in the faith. Anyone can say that, but it is especially meaningful coming from someone who has continued through great hardship. This was Paul. He was one of the men preaching this message to those at Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. What is especially significant is that Paul had just recently been kicked out of these towns (and stoned in Lystra) for preaching the gospel!
That is a speaker with credibility.
Paul, probably still bruised and sore, exhorted these saints to continue in the faith and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Followers of Jesus Christ are not exempt from pain and hardship; rather, they can expect some degree of it in their pilgrimage here. The command is to continue, never give up, hold fast, be faithful to the end.
Our churches stand full of examples of saints who have suffered and suffered and suffered, yet something within them does not quit. Faithful preachers have been falsely accused, endlessly criticized, and unjustly ostracized.
Yet, they don’t keep quiet!
They keep faithfully, humbly, yet boldly preaching the word.
Continue in the faith. The command is to you, believer. But, you are not on your own. The Blessed Savior, who was faithful in His earthly mission, prays for you. The Sovereign Spirit lives within you and will stir you up and give fresh grace as needed. The Faithful Father has promised never to forsake His adopted son or daughter.
Continue in the faith!
By Timothy Guess