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The Bible instructs Christians to persevere in Matthew 10:22 because they will be despised by all men for the sake of God. But whoever perseveres to the end will be saved. Persecution and difficulties should be expected of Christians who have their sights set on heaven, just as they were for the apostles. They fought the good fight of faith all the way to the finish line.
The 13 disciples of Christ were persecuted in the following manner:
Matthew went on to become a missionary in Ethiopia, where he was arrested and killed. He was staked (or impaled) to the ground with spears and then beheaded there.
He died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being carried through the streets by horses until he died. It had been a dreadful death.
He was executed in Greece as a result of his forceful preaching to the lost.
He was roasted alive in a large basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously saved from death.
Later, John was imprisoned on Patmos, a prison island where he was forced to labour in the mines. He wrote the prophetic Book of Revelation on the island of Patmos. After being set free, the apostle John was appointed Bishop of Edessa in modern-day Turkey. He was the only apostle to die calmly as an elderly man.
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. It was because he told his tormentors that he didn't feel deserving of dying in the same manner as Jesus Christ, as per church history.
The pastor of the Jerusalem church (James) was thrown over a hundred feet from the Temple's southeast pinnacle when he refused to disavow his faith in Christ. When his opponents realised he had survived the fall, they used a fuller's club to kill him. Satan had brought Jesus to this point during the temptation.
7. James, son of Zebedee
He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a career of service. As a powerful church leader, James was executed in Jerusalem. The Roman officer assigned to James' protection watched in awe as James defended his beliefs during his trial.
The police afterwards took James to the execution location. He knelt beside James, moved with conviction, and told the judge about his new faith, embracing beheading as a Christian.
As a missionary, he went to Asia. He was a witness for the Lord in modern-day Turkey. Bartholomew was flayed to death with a whip in Armenia because of his preaching.
In Patras, Greece, he was crucified on an x-shaped cross. They tied his corpse to the cross with cables after he was mercilessly whipped by seven soldiers to prolong his pain.
Andrew's disciples claimed that as he was carried to the cross, he saluted it with these words: "I've been looking forward to this wonderful hour for a long time." It has been sanctified by the body of Christ, which hangs on the cross." He continued to preach to his tormentors. He was alive for two days before he died.
He was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to build a church in the Subcontinent of Ouch.
He was murdered with arrows after he refused to disavow his faith in Christ.
He was the apostle who was picked to stand in for Judas Iscariot as a traitor. After being stoned, he was beheaded.
In A.D. 67, the cruel Emperor Nero tortured and beheaded him in Rome. Paul was imprisoned for a long period, which gave him the opportunity to compose his numerous epistles to the churches he established throughout the Roman Empire. A substantial portion of the New Testament is made up of these letters, which teach many of Christianity's key principles.
Finally, perhaps this serves as a reminder to us that our sufferings are insignificant compared to the incredible persecution and frigid cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples for the sake of the faith during their time.
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