“But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“But as at that time he who was born according to (kata: after, in, by, toward) the flesh (sarx: carnal, carnally minded) persecuted (dioko: follow after, to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away, to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to to pursue in a hostile manner, in any way whatever to harass, trouble, molest) him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.”
Just as at that time, he who was born to seek after the fleshly and carnal persecuted and were hostile toward him who was born according to the Spirit - so it still is now.
I’ve brought up this point several times within articles that I write for my other blog – we do not know persecution as Christians in this country. We’ve been led to believe that we’re enduring some great tribulation and harassment if someone laughs at us for carrying a Bible. My friends, we must raise the bar. Our entire lives must be representative of a “Spirit walk” lifestyle. When we walk according to the Spirit, we will not look like every day, ordinary Christians. Today, resolve to walk as Jesus did upon the earth – willing to endure whatever persecution that may follow.