Possession of the Scriptures adds to the guilt of those who reject Christ. But that possession does not mean that there is understanding or an appreciation for the truth. Many use the Scriptures to their own end, and for their own advantage. Yet those very scriptures that they are attempting to follow are the very scriptures that they will one day be answerable to. It doesn’t matter what we want to believe about the Bible, what is important is what the Word of God actually says. For those who have been delivered from sin by the power of the cross, and who subsequently encounter opposition for their commitment to the Savior, there is supreme joy in the Lord’s promise found in Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: For theirs in the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great tis your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” How do those around you respond to your faith? Consider what evidence there is in your life to convict you of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.