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I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
my Lord, answer'd I, you can tell. and he said to me, these are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
these things I have appriz'd you of, that ye might repose your confidence in me. the world shall give you trouble: but take courage, I have overcome the world.
encouraging the disciples, exhorting them to persevere in the faith, representing that it is thro' much tribulation that we must enter into the kingdom of God.
and not only so, but we triumph in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, probation;
what shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or penury, or peril, or sword?
be joyful in hope; be patient under affliction; persevere in prayer;
1 Thessalonians 3:4
and even when we were with you, we foretold you, that we should be persecuted, as you know it happen'd.
2 Thessalonians 1:6
since it is agreeable to his justice to afflict those in their turn, who afflict you:
"the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Then directing himself to his disciples, he said, blessed are ye, that are poor: for the divine kingdom is yours.
2 Corinthians 8:2
who tho' labouring under great trial of affliction, and extreme poverty, have notwithstanding with exceeding cheerfulness contributed very liberally: being forward of themselves to the utmost of their power,
consider, my dear brethren, has not God chose the poor of this world to be rich by faith, and to inherit the kingdom he has promised to those who love him?
and besides all this, they loaded him with the most impious invectives.
it was I that persecuted them from synagogue to synagogue, and tortured them even to blaspheme: and in the transport of my rage I pursued them to foreign cities.
1 Timothy 1:13
who was before a blasphemer, and a violent persecutor; but I obtained mercy, because I acted thro' ignorance in incrudelity.
'Tis true, you bear the name of a Jew, you depend upon the law, and boast of your worship:
However, the divine promise cannot but have its effect. for they are not the whole of Israel, who are descended from Israel:
you shall see I will make those of the synagogue of satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lye: you shall see I will make them come, and throw themselves at your feet, and they shall know that you are the objects of my love.