We must open our eyes to the reality that some practical opposition originates from spiritual forces.
From An Earthly Perspective
- Opposition increased so much that the leaders had to depart for the safety of the church (2:17; cf. Acts 17:5).
- Being separated from these other believers was so traumatic that it felt like being torn from a family (2:17).
- Every time they attempted to return, something would come up to prevent their reunion (2:18).
From a Heavenly Perspective
- If we are separated physically from other believers, we do not have to be disconnected spiritually (2:17).
- Satan employs tangible circumstances to hinder spiritual progress (2:18).
- The most valuable reward in heaven is being a part of another’s story for how they got there (2:19-20).
From a Personal Perspective
- The devil is not to blame for every one of your negative circumstances, but he is responsible for some of them.
- Consider the influencing factors in your life to determine if they are helping or hindering your Kingdom activity.
- If your obsession over details regarding Christ’s second coming distracts you from telling people about his first coming, you have missed the point.
- Your value of another’s discipleship will determine if you lay down or take up arms when spiritual warfare comes