No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Man is a heavenly being, if we are not building heaven in Christ, We will try to build pseudo-heaven with money on earth.
God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
I advise you to buy gold from me–gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.
My Thoughts: Gold, White garments, and Salve or ointment is used again and again throughout the bible of what we acquire through a deeper relationship with him.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
1 John 5:3 & Matthew 11:30
This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.
“We have known and believed the love that God hath to us.” 1 John 4:16
Suggested Further Reading: Habakkuk 3:16-19
“Hast thou considered my servant Job?” “Ah,” says Satan, “he serves thee now, but thou hast set a hedge about him and blessed him, let me but touch him.” Now he has come down to you, and he has afflicted you in your estate, afflicted you in your family, and at last he has afflicted you in your body. Shall Satan be the conqueror? Shall grace give way? O my dear brother, stand up now and say once more, once for all, “I tell thee, Satan, the grace of God is more than a match for thee; he is with me, and in all this I will not utter one word against the Lord my God. He doeth all things well—well, even now, and I do rejoice in him.” The Lord is always pleased with his children when they can stand up for him when circumstances seem to belie him. Here come the witnesses into court. The devil says, “Soul, God has forgotten thee, I will bring in my witness.” First he summons your debts—a long bill of losses. “There,” says he “would God suffer you to fall thus, if he loved you?” Then he brings in your children—either their death, or their disobedience, or something worse, and says, “Would the Lord suffer these things to come upon you, if he loved you?” At last he brings in your poor tottering body, and all your doubts and fears, and the hidings of Jehovah’s face. “Ah,” says the devil, “do you believe that God loves you now?” Oh, it is noble, if you are able to stand forth and say to all these witnesses, “I hear what you have to say, let God be true, and every man and everything be a liar. I believe none of you. You all say, God does not love me; but he does, and if the witnesses against his love were multiplied a hundredfold, yet still would I say, “I know whom I have believed.”
Sermon no. 253
22 May (1859)