Bible Passage:Psalm 119:161,165
Princes have persecuted me without a cause; but my heart standeth in awe of Thy Word. . . . Great peace have they which love Thy Law: and nothing shall offend them.
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When God preaches His Word, presently there follows in the life of the good and godly Christian the cross, as St. Paul witnesses: "All that will live a godly life in Christ Jesus, must suffer persecution." And our Savior says: "The disciple is not greater than his Master: have they persecuted Me? they will persecute you also." Therefore it is most certain that the cross follows, and under the cross God's Word is rightly understood. The work, which follows the Word, rightly expounds and declares the Word as the prophet Isaiah says: grief and sorrow teaches how to mark the Word. What does he know about the Word who is without tribulation and temptation? No man understands the Scripture except he be acquainted with the cross. When God bestows benefits and gifts upon the people in the world, they take away from God the honor due Him for the same. God will bear with us when we boast of our power, of our riches, wisdom, and arts; these things God suffers and is content to let them pass; but His Word and true religion, of that He will have and keep the honor to Himself. Therefore God hangs the cross about our necks, as scorn, persecution, the world, and the devil, thereby to keep us in humility (lest we be pricked with pride), that God Himself may have the honor.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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