For you have had the privilege granted you on behalf of Christ--not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf;
"Blessed are you when they have insulted and persecuted you, and have said every cruel thing about you falsely for my sake.
"Blessed are you, Simon Bar-jonah," said Jesus; "for mere human nature has not revealed this to you, but my Father in Heaven.
But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;
"no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; then I will raise him to life on the last day.
They, therefore, left the Sanhedrin and went their way, rejoicing that they had been deemed worthy to suffer disgrace on behalf of the NAME.
and in Him every believer is absolved from all offences, from which you could not be absolved under the Law of Moses.
Everywhere they strengthened the disciples by encouraging them to hold fast to the faith, and warned them saying, "It is through many afflictions that we must make our way into the Kingdom of God."
Upon their arrival they called the Church together and proceeded to report in detail all that God, working with them, had done, and how He had opened for the Gentiles the door of faith.
And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude;
For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is God's gift, and is not on the ground of merit--
having been buried with Him in your baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith produced within you by God who raised Him from among the dead.
Reckon it nothing but joy, my brethren, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials.
Every gift which is good, and every perfect boon, is from above, and comes down from the Father, who is the source of all Light. In Him there is no variation nor the slightest suggestion of change.