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ear Brethren in The Lord Jesus Christ, Peace Be with YOU! Every believer in Jesus Christ is an open letter, a walking living advertisement, for Christ. It is an awesome responsibility because the world is watching and judging Christianity by our attitudes and actions. You may ask who is adequate for such a responsibility? The apostle Paul declared, "It is He who is all-sufficient who has made me sufficient for this task." He always thought of God as making him adequate to live and minister the Christian life. Only the Holy Spirit can change our human nature, therefore God calls us to an intimate relationship with Himself. The Christian looks upon the unveiled, the unhidden glories of the Lord, and are transformed into the same image from glory to glory. It is through faith that we look upon Him and are changed by the Holy Spirit. Who are those individuals in the Bible who have seen the glory of the Lord and been transformed? Glory of God In The Old Covenant: Moses is unique in the Old Testament. In Exodus 24:15-17 we are told Moses went up to the mountain and the cloud of glory covered the mountain. Moses enjoyed deeply personal communion with Yahweh. "Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend" Exodus 33:11. There is universal agreement among scholars that Moses is expressing intimacy with God and not literally in His face. In Exodus 34:29-35 we are told that after Moses fasted on the mountain forty days and nights that "Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him" (v. 29). "The skin of his face shone" and the people were afraid to come near him (v. 30). The Glory of God In The Life of Jesus: The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus "is the image of the invisible God" Colossians 1:15. In 2 Cor 4:4 he said the God of this world has blinded the minds of unbelieving men so they cannot see the "light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." In deed, He existed in the very "form of God" Phil. 2:6. He is the very essence of God which cannot be changed. Jesus is essentially and unalterably God. Matthew 17:2-8 we read Jesus manifested His glory before Peter, James and John. Years later the apostle Peter told about that experience when "they saw His glory" Lk. 9:32; cf. 2 Peter 1:16-17. The apostle John refers to the same experience in John 1:14, 18. "Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ, but it was Christ alone who was transfigured with heavenly radiance before the eyes of Peter, James and John. It was His face that shone as the sun and His garments that became white and dazzling. The Glory of God in The Christian Believer: Acts 6:3, 5, 8, 15 tells us one of the first deacons in the early church was a Spirit-filled believer. Stephen stood before
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the Jewish Sanhedrin and confronted false witnesses against him and Luke tells us he had the "face like the face of an angel" (v. 15). It was not that he had a child's or feminine appearance, but he was a believer under the control of the Holy Sprit who radiated the presence of Christ in his face. This Spirit-filled man saw the same person Moses saw. Stephen looked away from everything else in order to focus his gaze on the one thing that mattered.
The normal Christian life: In 2Cor 3=18 Weymouth translates, "We mirror the glory of the Lord." With unveiled faces we looking as in a mirror, catch the light and reflect the glory of the Lord. We reflect as a mirror does and we do it with unveiled faces. As believers we have a clear view of our Savior with an open face. Paul reminds us the message of the Old Covenant was hidden in the shadows, and types. Its truth was always veiled. "Their minds were hardened" 2 Cor. 3=14-15. It was a veil of rebellion. How do we remove the veil? "It is removed in Christ". The Holy Spirit is interchangeably called in the New Testament the "Spirit of God" and the "Spirit of Christ" Romans 8:9f. Christ dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. We don't have to use a veil; we have free access to God through the indwelling Spirit of Christ. A gradual transformation of all believers: When we
allow Christ to remove the veil something beautiful takes place. "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit". What a privilege is ours in this glory of abiding, without intermission. We enter into His presence and behold that glory uninterrupted. "The unveiled face" is a perfect participle indicating the veil, once lifted, remains lifted.
It is "from glory to glory." It doesn't fade. It is not superficial. It penetrates to the spiritual nature of the inner man. It passes from this world to the next. It is glory added to more glory, glory upon glory. Beholding His glory we are changed into the same image. We shall be like Christ, because we shall see Him as He is 1 John 3:2. The conformity to the image of Christ begins here and it continues from beholding His glory. Moses reflected in a temporarily manner the glory of the LORD which he had seen, so we constantly reflect in our faces the radiance of Christ. That glory has only just begun; it will continue throughout eternity! The main emphasis Paul is making is the transformation in the Christian as he contemplates the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. To conclude with a note to all the readers, We all reflect as in a mirror. . . What are we reflecting? Are there any veils getting in the way? May God bless US to grow in His Spirit of Eternity to continue His Magnificent Ministry powerfully in US. Amen. For any clarification & comments you may also write to, email@example.com
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Tribute to Bro. John Rogers Early Christian WOMEN Martyrs Page No.8
This is pure facade. It is the hypocrite who wears masks and uses psychological makeup to give a false impression. This is the manipulator who tries to present a n image to others of what he really isn't. It is the fake in us. It is the world of pretending and deceptions. Not only do we de~eive others, but we dec~ive ourselves. It is hard to stop playmg the game ofmake-beheve once you begin. (Cf. Mark. 7:6-15, 20-23; Gala 1:10; 2 Corin3:12-13; 1Thes 2:4-6).
"T"hePerson' Want you. "T"hePerson that' Want to Become to "T"hink , Am This is the person I am becoming by the grace of God. This
represents all my hopes, desires, goals, ambitions, etc. Who is it I want to become in the Christian life? If I were guaranteed 100% success at doing something in the next three years, what would I do? The Apostle Paul understood this aspect of spiritual growth when he wrote 1 Corin 2:9-16.
Some Abiding Principles Each of us has potentials for growth that we have never considered before. Some of these are hidden from our eyes. We need someone to point out these possibilities and help us find the resources for personal growth and development (Cf. Colo 1:27-29; Ephe 4:22-24; Phil 3:10-14; 2 Corin 2:8).
It is easy to wear psychological makeup. Not only do we deceive others, but we deceive ourselves. When we ask Here lies my "blind spots." I can't see them, but you can. We all have these areas, and they are not all bad. Some of us can't see ourselves the question "Who am I?" we really don't know, ~nd the good characteristics and qualities in our own lives. This we are afraid to find out. Do I really want an honest reflection area has its strengths and its weaknesses. This is a great of myself? Am lout to make a favorable impression on others? potentialforpersonal and spiritual growth. (Cf.1John3:2; 1 Who am I trying to please? Why? (Cf. 1 Thes 2:4; James 5:16; 1John 1:9). Thes2:10-13; 1Corin 1:10).
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This is the person I know and see. It is, as best I can tell, the real me. These are my self-perceptions, dreams, hopes, ambitions, etc. Much of this person I do not know how to articulate and a lot I am afraid to share with others. It has its good wh~lesome, positive, Christ-centered characteristics. It also ;ecognizes the flesh, sin and weaknesses. This person I can share with you if! so desire. You can know this person only to the degree that I am open, honest, genuine and transparent (Cf. 2 Corin 3:12-18; Rom. chap. 6-8).
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We need courage to tell legalistic Pharisees where to get off. We can tactfully and assertively tell them the Holy Spirit ~s working on our splinters, and they need to work on their stumps (Cf. 2 Corin 10:7, 12; Luke 16:15; Gala 1:10) Some Practical Applications To what extent are you allowing the holy Spirit to work in these five areas of your life? In which area are you most threatened? Why? Read I Cori 2:9-16. What has the Spirit been teaching you from the Word of God in the past six months?
Thinking back over "the Five people who live in yo~," pick something in each of these categories to work on dunng the "T"hePerson Neither of Us Knows next month. Be specific. Develop a plan of action for personal This is the part hidden deep within me. It contains the growth. Write out a beh.aviorWntract wi~h you.rself stating concealed secrets of my subconscious mind. Only the Spirit of specifically what you will ~n ~ou will begm and what God knows this part of my life. Jeremiah, the prophet, realized you hope to accomplish. this when he wrote: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Cf. Jer 17:9; Isai 1:6; Mark 7:20-23; 1 Cori 2:11-13; 13:12, NIV; Rom
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3. THE WORD OF AFFECTION: Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! John 19:25,26 "NOW THERE STOOD by the cross of Jesus his mother" (John 19:25). Like her Son, Mary was not un acquainted with grief. At the beginning we are told, "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be" (Luke 1:28, 29). This was but the forerunner of many troubles: Gabriel had come to announce to her the fact of the miraculous conception, and a moment's reflection will show us that it was no light matter for Mary to become the mother of our Lord in this mysterious and unheard of way. It brought with it, no doubt, at a distant date, great honour, but it brought with it for the present no small danger to Mary's reputation, and no small trial to her faith. This was lovely acceptance. Nevertheless, she was "troubled" at the Annunciation and, as we have said, this was but the precursor of many trials and sorrows. What sorrow it must have caused her when, because there was no room in the inn, she had to lay her new-born babe in the manger! What anguish must have been hers when she learned of Herod's purpose to destroy her infant's life! What trouble was given her when she was forced on his account to flee into a foreign country and sojourn for several years in the land of Egypt! What piercings of soul must have been hers when she saw her Son despised and rejected of men! And who can estimate what she passed through as she stood there at the cross? If Christ was the man of sorrows, was she not the woman of sorrows? Here we see the fulfillment of Simeon's prophecy. In accordance with the requirements of the Mosaic law, the parents of the child Jesus brought him to the temple to present him to the Lord. Then it was that old Simeon, who waited for the Consolation of Israel, took him into his arms and blessed God. After saying: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel" (Luke 2:29-32)
"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother" 19:25). After the days of his infancy and childhood, and during all the public ministry of Christ, we see and hear so little of Mary. Her life was lived in the background, among the shadows. But now, when the supreme hour strikes of her Son's agony, when the world has cast out the child of her womb, she stands there by the cross! Who can fitly portray such a picture? Mary was nearest to the cruel tree! Bereft of faith and hope, baffled and paralyzed by the strange scene, yet bound with the golden chain oflove to the dying one, there she stands! Try and read the thoughts and emotions of that mother's heart. 0 what a sword it was that pierced her soul then! Never such bliss at a human birth, never such sorrow at an inhuman death. Here we see the perfect man setting example for children to honour their parents. The Lord Jesus evidenced his perfection in the manner in which he fully discharged the obligations of every relationship that he sustained, either to God or man. On the cross we behold his tender care and solicitude for his mother, and in this we have the pattern of Jesus Christ presented to all children for their imitation, teaching them how to acquit themselves toward their parents according to the laws of nature and grace. The words which the finger of God engraved on the two tables of stone, and which were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, have never been repealed. They are in force while the earth lasts. Each of them is embodied in the preceptive teaching of the New Testament. The words of Exodus 20:12 are reiterated in Ephe 6:1-3: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; ... Our Lord's act on the cross in commending Mary to the care of his beloved apostle is better understood in the light of his mother's widowhood. Though the gospels do not specifically record his death, there is little doubt butthat Joseph died some time before the Lord Jesus began his public ministry. Nothing is seen of Mary's husband after the incident recorded in Luke 2 when Christ was a boy of twelve. In John 2 Mary is seen at the Cana marriage, but no hint is given that Joseph was present. It was in view, then, of Mary's widowhood, in view of the fact that the time had now arrived when he might no longer be a comfort to her by his bodily presence, that his loving care is manifested. Permit just a brief word of exhortation. Probably these lines may be read by numbers of grown-up people who still have living fathers and mothers. ...conti ...nextpage ...
How are you treating them? Are you truly "honouring" them? Does this example of Christ on the cross put you to shame? It may be you are young and vigorous, and your parents grayheaded and infirm; but saith the Holy Spirit, "Despise not thy mother when she is old" (Pro. 23:22). It may be you are rich, and they are poor; then fail not to make provision for them. It may be they live in a distant state or land, then neglect not to write them words of appreciation and cheer which shall brighten their closing days. These are sacred duties.
before the Red Sea, he came to their aid and delivered them from their enemies. When the three Hebrews were cast into the fiery furnace, the Lord was with them.
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4. THE WORD OF ANGUISH "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"Mat 27:46 THESE ARE WORDS OF STARTLING IMPORT. The crucifixion of the Lord of glory was the most extraordinary event that has ever happened on earth, and this cry of the suffering one was the most startling utterance of that appalling scene.
These are words of profoundest solemnity. This was a cry which made the very earth tremble, and that reverberated throughout the entire universe. Ah, what mind is sufficient for contemplating this wonder of wonders! What mind is capable of analyzing the meaning of this amazing cry which rent the awful darkness! "Why hast thou forsaken me?" are words which conduct us into the Holy of Holies.
Here we see the absolute holiness and in flexible justice of God. The tragedy of Calvary must be viewed from at least four different viewpoints. At the cross man did a work: he displayed his depravity by taking the Perfect One and with "wicked hands" nailing him to the tree. At the cross Satan did a work: he manifested his insatiable enmity against the woman's seed by bruising his heel. At the cross the Lord Jesus did a work: he died the Just for the unjust that he might bring us to God. At the cross God did a work: he exhibited his holiness and satisfied his justice by pouring out his wrath on the one who was made sin for us
"forsaken" is one of the most tragic in all human speech. The writer will not readily forget his sensation as he once passed through a town deserted of all its inhabitants - a forsaken city. What calamities are conjured up by this word - a man forsaken of his friends, a wife forsaken by her husband, a child forsaken by its parents! But a creature forsaken by its Creator, a man forsaken of God -0 this is the most frightful of all. This is the evil of all evils. This is the climacteric calamity.
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These are words of unequalled pathos. They mark the climax of his sufferings. The soldiers had cruelly mocked him: they had arrayed him with the crown of thorns, they had scourged and buffeted him, they even went so far as to spit upon him and pluck off his hair. They despoiled him of his garments and put him to an open shame. Yet he suffered it all in silence. These are words of deepest mystery. Of old the Lord Jehovah forsook not his people. Again and again he was their refuge in trouble. When Israel was in cruel bondage they cried unto God, and he heard them. When they stood helplessly
blessed Lord approached the cross the horizon darkened for him more and more. From earliest infancy he had suffered from man; from the beginning of his public ministry he had suffered from Satan; but at the cross he was to suffer at the hand of God. Jehovah himself was to bruise the Saviour, and it was this which overshadowed everything else. In Gethsemane he entered the gloom of the three hours of darkness on the cross. That is why he left the three disciples on the outskirts of the garden, for he must tread the winepress alone. "My soul is exceeding sorrowful," he cried. This was no shrinking horror in anticipation of a cruel death. It was not the thought of betrayal by his own familiar friend, nor of desertion by his cherished disciples in the hour of crisis, nor was it the expectation of the mockings and revilings, the stripes and the nails, that overwhelmed his soul. No, all of this keenest anguish as it must have been to his sensitive spirit, was as nothing compared with what he had to endure as the Sin Bearer. to be continued... ~ For any clarification & comments you may '" . visit to, www.arthur-w-pink.com 9ho.. ~ W 9'in&
Word of God must be active on our behavior (Rom 6:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:7). The apostle Peter compares our desiring of God's Word to a new born baby, "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" (1 Peter 2:2). I understand this analogy as I have recently become a new father. When it was time for milk, our little girl would let us know. If she did not get it soon enough, she screamed and cried. Christians should have the same intense craving for God's Word. Spiritual Growth - Living By The Holy Spirit The spiritual growth process requires us to declare war on sin, but we are not alone in this daily battle. As we strive to become more Christ-like, God is actively working in us (Philip 2:12; Philip 1:6). He has given us His Holy Spirit to live within us (Rom 8:911).Jerry Bridges explains the work of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit strengthens us to holiness first by enabling us to see our need of holiness. He enlightens our understanding so that we begin to see God's standard of holiness. Then he causes us to become aware of our specific areas of sin. One of Satan's most powerful weapons is making us spiritually blind - unable to see our sinful character. The Bible says, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). No one can understand it and expose it except the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to understand God's Word and apply it to our lives (1 Corin 2:9-16). As we faithfully study the Word, God through the Holy Spirit conforms us to His character (2 Corin 3:18). Spiritual Growth - Our Effort God has given us the resources to grow. However, our part takes tremendous effort. The apostle Paul writes about the battle with sin, Rom 7:21-23). Paul is describing the battle that we face daily, our old self vs. new self (flesh vs. spirit). If we understand this teaching, then we understand the daily battle that we face requires us to "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:11). (1 Corin 9:24-27; 2 Timothy 4:6-7). Spiritual growth requires us to evaluate our lives according to God's Word. There is no such thing as instant holiness. It is a gradual, life-long process that takes discipline.
Piritual growth is essential to every Christian. Our spiritual journey begins the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The gradual, life-long process of working out our salvation involves changing our lives to reflect God's holiness (1 Peter 1:13-16). Our walk with God will be joyful and satisfying when we stay focused on eternal life instead of temporal things that we often occupy ourselves with (1Peter 1:3-9). ANew Creation "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corin 5:17)! When we come to faith in Jesus Christ we are born again (John 3=3), which means we are re-born spiritually. Does that mean that we immediately become perfect Christians? No, because we were born sinners (Rom 3:23), we still have our sinful nature to deal with. Jesus' death delivered us from the overall reign of sin in our lives, but we still have to deal with indwelling sin in our flesh (the apostle Paul calls it our "mortal body") (Rom 6:1-14). Spiritual growth is the continued transformation of our moral and spiritual character daily until our physical death.
Spiritual growth is not optional, spiritual re-birth must be followed by growth. God commands us to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18). The expected growth of a Christian is evident when comparing how we used to live (old self) to how we are called to live (new self), The apostle Paul writes aboutthe old self versus new self ''You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph 4:2224). (oldselfvs. new self see Eph 4:17-5:21; COIOS3=1-17) Spiritual Growth - Faithful in Prayer Before we study the Word, we should pray and ask God to give us wisdom and understanding. We need to ask Spiritual Growth - Studying God's Word God to search our hearts to reveal sin that is hindering our Through His Word, God provides us all the spiritual spiritual growth. (Psalm 119:33-37). (Psalm 139:23-24) resources we need to grow. "All Scripture is GodSpiritual Growth - Great Joy Spiritual growth takes time and breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and effort and requires a change to take place in our lives. We training in righteousness, so that the man of God may don't always like change. We may even be tempted to give up thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3=16-17).The Word is living, it is truth and it is sufficient for or think that it is too hard. Remember the fruit of the Spirit? any and every situation or trial that we may experience in Each day, as we deny ourselves and live in the Spirit, He produces fruit in us. As we overcome sin and grow closer to our lives (1Peter 1:22-25; Psalm 19:7-14). God, we will experience peace and joy in our hearts. Temporary joy can come from things like a promotion at Spiritual growth will not take place unless we frequently work or the home town team winning a championship. But spend time studying God's Word. We not only need true joy only comes from abiding in Christ daily. We are to study the Word, but meditate on it, memorize it, and apply encouraged by Jesus in John 15:10-11. it to our lives (James 1:22-25). Scripture exposes our sin and teaches us how to live like Christ. The Word of God must be active on our minds (Rom 12:1-2; Ephe 4:23). The www.reasonedtruth.com
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A woman of beauty A woman of grace A woman of excellence Beholding God's face She walks with the Lord With integrity Knowing her purpose And destiny No matter what happens She walks in God's love Reflecting the beauty Of her Father above
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she can see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying: "Just take care of my eyes dear." This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only remember what life was before, and who's always been there even in the most painful situations.
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Today before you think of saying an unkind wordThink of someone who can't speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife Think of someone who's crying out for a companion. Today before you complain about life Think of someone who went too early to heaven/hell, Before you complain about your children Think of someone who desires children but they're
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Before U were thought of or time had begun, God stuck U in the name of His Son. And each time U pray, you'll see it's true, You can't spell out JesUs and not include U. You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name, For U He was born; that's why He came. And his great love for U is the reason He died. It even takes u to spell crUcified. Isn't it thrilling and spendidly grand He rose from the dead, with U in His plan? The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew, And this word resUrrection is spelled with a U. When JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension, He felt there was one thing He just had to mention. "Go into the world and tell them it's true That I love them all-Just like I love U." So many great people are spelled with aU, Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?
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Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep Think of the people who are living in the streets. Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job. But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.
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English Bible History g~to, ffi'W. jk ~ 1500-1555
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After Tyndale's death Rogers pushed on with his predecessor's English version of the Old Testament, which he used as far as Second Chronicles, employing Myles Coverdale's translation of 1535 for the remainder and for the Apocrypha. The complete Bible was put out under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthew in 1537. John Rogers used the assumed name "Thomas Matthew" to avoid persecution and prosecution by the authorities who continued to forbid under penalty of death, the printing of the scriptures in the English language. As the work could obviously not be done safely in England, the Bible was printed in Paris and Antwerp by his wife Adriana's uncle, Sir Jacobus van Meteren. Rogers also contributed the Song of Manasses in the Apocrypha which he found in a French Bible printed in 1535. His work was largely used by those who prepared the Great Bible OfI539-40, out of which in turn came the Bishops' Bible of1568 and the Authorized Version of King James in 1611. As Queen Mary took the throne, John Rogers preached at Paul's Cross commending the "true doctrine taught in King Edward's days," and warning his hearers against the "pestilent Popery, idolatry and superstition." Of the Roman Catholic Church. Ten days after this bold public display, on August 16, 1553, John Rogers was summoned before the council and bidden to keep within his own house. On January 28 & 29, he came before the commission appointed by Cardinal Pole, and was sentenced to death by Gardiner for heretically denying the Christian character of the Church of Rome and the physical presence of the body of Christ in the sacrament of communion. Mr. Woodroofe, one of the sheriffs, first came to John Rogers, and asked him if he would revoke his abominable doctrine, and the evil opinion of the Sacrament of the altar. Rogers answered, "That which I have preached I will seal with my blood." Then Mr. Woodroofe said, "Thou art an heretic." Rogers replied "That shall be known at the Day of Judgment." Mr. Woodroofe added, "I will never pray for thee." Though Rogers responded "But I will pray for you." John Rogers awaited and met death on the 4th of February 1555 at Smithfield cheerfully.
omen were from the beginning amongst those who suffered for their faith as evidenced in Saul's campaign against Christians (Acts.c.z). How many were Saul we shall never know. During Nero's reign a conflagration razed much of Rome, said to have been started by the emperor himself, but to divert attention from himself he blamed Christians for the fire in Rome. Many were rounded up, including women, and tortured and killed some twenty years after Saul's persecution. Amongst those martyred were the apostles, Paul and Peter. Being the scapegoat for the fire Rome brought attention to those who followed Christ and their adherence to Him being the only true God. From Nero until the recognition of Christianity by the Emperor Constantine in A D.313 there were spasmodic severe persecutions of Christians for 250 years.
Why were Christians persecuted in the Roman Empire? After Augustus' death in 14 AD. he was declared divine, and shrines commemorating his divinity were built. After him all emperors were recognised as being divine, and some emperors would attach greater importance to being worshipped as a god. When Christianity began it was seen as a sect within Judaism, but before too long Christians were bringing attention to themselves by their aloofness, and "secret" activities. There were tales of "eating flesh" and other abnormal behaviour. Their aloofness, brought criticism of their anti-social behaviour, and when things went wrong, Christians began to be singled out as the culprits because they did not worship the gods. Writing in about AD. 196, Tertullian said, "The Christians are to blame for every public disaster and every misfortune that befalls the people. If the Tiber rises to the walls, if the Nile to rise andflood thefields, if the sky withholds its rain, . there is earthquake or famine or plague, straightway the cry arises: The Christians to the lions!" During the reign of Emperor Deeius Trajan who lln,r1", ..1"nr.1r to restore the old Roman spirit. In AD. 250 he published an edict calling for a return to the pagan state religion. Local commissioners were appointed to enforce the ruling. Under Septimius Severus in 202 a law prohibiting the spread Christianity and Judaism was enacted. This was the universal decreeforbidding conversion to Christianity. The earliest secular extant account of Christian women suffering for their faith was given by Tacitus in his Annales (9.3.32) written in AD 57, about the same time that Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, and by Pliny the Younger in his famous letter to Trajan C.112 (Epp.x.xcvi). Tacticus described the trial of of high rank, who was accused of "foreign superstition" and handed over to her husband as judge for her trial. This
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Pomponia Graecina, a woman
woman was the Christian persecuted for the
faith that history records outside the New Testament . ...to be Continued ...