considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants; How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face.
Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none.
The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
“ Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
Thus says the Lord, “ Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.
‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.