For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
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.
and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.