All the apostles shared in the punishment of an enraged Sanhedrin Acts 5:40-42. That didn’t keep them from publicly continuing to preach what brought the beating. The attack on the entire apostolic corps accelerated the leadership’s hostility that began with the overnight imprisonment of Petr and John Acts 4:1-3.
Of all the apostles, only two had beatific visions of Heaven itself. Paul’s occurred in approximately AD 40-41 during his ministry. We don’t know the details. What’s interesting is the sequel. He received a thorn in his flesh to keep his mind on his business, not dreaming his way through daily life in Christ by dwelling on future ecstasy II Corinthians 12:1-10. The thorn also kept him humble; it didn’t allow exaltation of himself as an apostle. Equally interesting, when Paul referred to the crown of righteousness he would receive after death—eternal life in Christ’s presence—he also saw that as God’s gift of grace to every believer II Timothy 4:8.
The apostle John received the entire Revelation as an aged apostle. The Roman Empire still considered him dangerous enough to their emperor worship that they exiled him to Patmos. His vision came while in exile where he worked and awaited God’s summons to beatitude. God’s revelation to him included future sufferings for God’s people and God’s assurance of Victory for him and his followers.
Thus we have two great men of God finding delight in Christ’s Resurrected, Ascended Glories while paying a physical price in his service. The two concepts are mutually compatible, not distinct. To this day we still find Grace more sufficient than the problems, disappointments, griefs, sins and failures daily life imposes. Nothing in this life that could be an excuse NOT TO SERVE must ever be USED. Paul continued to serve Christ despite his thorn. John continued serving Jesus throughout his exile.
That’s a warning to our mortal need of answers from God: trust him, regardless. It’s also an encouragement. Using Paul and John, God knows how and when to plant and bloom his ecstasies in daily life to compensation for any hardship experienced.
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