God has given us the privilege of suffering for His gospel (Philippians 1:29). May we rejoice and be glad to share in the same honor of the prophets who came before us.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
NAMES PEOPLE CALLED JESUS
- Glutton (Luke 7:34)
- Drunkard (Luke 7:34)
- Friend/Associate of tax collectors/sinners (Luke 7:34)
- Demon-possessed (John 8:48-49)
- Destroyer of the Jewish Temple (Matthew 27:40)
NAMES PEOPLE CALLED PAUL
- Troublemaker (Acts 17:6)
- Lawbreaker (Acts 17:7)
- Babbler (Acts 17:18)
- Out of his mind (Acts 26:24)
- Insane (Acts 26:24)
- A spectacle to the whole universe (1 Corinthians 4:9)
- Fool for Christ (1 Corinthians 4:10)
- Weak (1 Corinthians 4:10)
- Dishonored (1 Corinthians 4:10)
- Scum of the earth (1 Corinthians 4:13)
- Garbage of the world (1 Corinthians 4:13)
NAMES PEOPLE MAY CALL YOU
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’