But I would you should understand, brothers…
I. PERSECUTIONS FURTHER RATHER THAN HINDER THE GOSPEL. In all ages the Church has been increased rather than diminished by them (Exodus 1; Daniel 3:1). When Christ was crucified they thought they had rooted out His name and doctrine forever; but by the Cross the kingdom was established.
II. HOW COMES THIS TO PASS? Not by the intentions of enemies, nor the virtue of the saints' sufferings.
1. By the power of Christ (Psalm 2:1).
2. When men see the saints' undauntedness, their patience, the power of God strengthening them, and their triumph over death, their very example brings many into the Church.
3. The Word of God is not bound, though the preacher may be (2 Timothy 2:9).
III. THE USE.
1. To be comforted in all our troubles which the wicked raise up against us, if the gospel is advanced thereby.
2. To condemn the faintness and backsliding of many in troubles (Luke 14:26-27).
3. Not to doubt of the truth or dislike professors when they are persecuted.
(H. Airay, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;