Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, tells his persecuted church that “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7 NIV). And then says something hard to accept.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:8 NIV).
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
It’s not hard to believe these people deserve the fiery lake. But to start the list with the cowardly? And even include the cowardly in the list with these horrible people? When the Christians hearing these words are already being persecuted?
Perhaps standing up for Christ against a perverse culture means more to our King than we want to think.