Excerpt from the book, Spirit Life, by Dr. Stuart Briscoe, 1983, pgs 117-119:
Revelation 2:10 NKJV
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Believers, young and old, were confronted with the choice of denying Christ and living or affirming Christ and dying. To be faithful under those conditions was to die.Sometimes the choice was not as clear-cut: Simply acknowledge Caesar and keep your religion, and we won’t bother you so long as you show your patriotism in your submission to the authorities. To be faithful in those days was to refuse to bow to Caesar as lord, lest it should reflect on the conviction Christ alone is…
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