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What Does "Endure to the End" Mean?
An encouragement sometimes spoken is to “endure to the end.” This concept comes from Jesus’ teaching about end times when he says, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Unfortunately, what might be intended for encouragement can easily become a burden. People come up with a list of all the things they must continue to do.
Jesus warned of many who would fall away from Christ. He spoke of persecution and false prophets. There will be an increase of wickedness, and the love of most would grow cold. This is why he talks about those who endure to the end.
The context speaks of those who nurture the oil of faith (Matthew 25:1–13), and recognize the faithful love shown to them (Matthew 25:14–30). The encouragement is not for us to do more, but rather to endure by trusting in Jesus’ works for us (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Rather than being a burden, this focus makes enduring to the end truly encouraging.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
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