The apostles shared in Christ’s suffering through their own. They also participated in the suffering of other Christians. In Revelation 1:9 the apostle wrote, “I John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus....”
Which encapsulates the essence of discipleship, even in a depraved culture. We’re in it together as Christian believers. We’re fellow-heirs of God’s historic and eternal kingdom. We pay the price of serving in a sybaritic age devoted to ego-driven behavior. And we persevere in our calling whatever the cost imposed.
Therefore, cowards won’t apply to join us, for they won’t start. And weaklings need not apply, for they won’t continue. When Simon Peter applied, he found himself on the run from Herod. Paul applied and found himself in jail by Jewish opposition. But neither blinked when in trouble or danger because their Lord had stared down, then trampled to dust, all satanic temptation and intimidation. End Part IV