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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Surety of our Christian Faith: Let's learn from the faith of Ignatius [Early Church, AD 1]

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

Chapter 6. By death I shall attain true life


All the pleasures of the world, and all the kingdoms of this earth, shall profit me nothing. It is better for me to die in behalf of Jesus Christ, than to reign over all the ends of the earth. For what shall a man be profited, if he gain the whole world, but lose his own soul? Him I seek, who died for us: Him I desire, who rose again for our sake. 

This is the gain which is laid up for me. Pardon me, brethren: do not hinder me from living, do not wish to keep me in a state of death; and while I desire to belong to God, do not give me over to the world. Allow me to obtain pure light: when I have gone there, I shall indeed be a man of God. Permit me to be an imitator of the passion of my God. If any one has Him within himself, let him consider what I desire, and let him have sympathy with me, as knowing how I am straitened.

4 comments:

  1. Christian values-what those who has life of Christ values- are opposite to that of the world.His testimony shows us the fact so directly.

    Church history tells us about countless martyrs from the early church age to this day in 21th century.Their testimonies are cry of blood,proclaiming Jesus loudly to this world.I remember many stories of recent martyrs.

    May God be with always christians under persecution,may all of us do not lose our faith-relationship with God throughout our lives until the end.

    Sanae

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    1. Dear Sanae,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, that's so true. the Christian value is opposite the world's value and this is where our suffering lies! Death to the world and live to the life in Christ.O Lord, help us walk Your Way until we reach our Home. Kinuko

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  2. These examples of believers who paid their faith with their own life strenghten me when I have to make a so-much-more-little sacrifice in my life.

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    1. Dear Caro,
      Thank you for your comment, Caro. Having received your message, I started to wonder if I can dig the church history of France and read their life testimonies, for I am sure there must be many powerful ones!

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