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The History of Christianity #27
Our Scripture passage today is 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 which reads: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Our quote today is from St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage. He said: "None of us offers resistance when he is seized, or avenges himself for your unjust violence, although our people are numerous and plentiful…it is not lawful for us to hate, and so we please God more when we render no requital for injury…we repay your hatred with kindness."
Today, we are discussing "Persecution in the Second Century" (Part 3) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is The Martyrdom of Polycarp
Although very little is known of Ignatius's martyrdom, there is much more information regarding that of his younger friend, Polycarp, when his time came almost half a century later. It was the year 155, and the policy that Trajan had outlined for Pliny was still in effect. Christians were not sought out; but, if they were accused and they refused to worship the gods, they had to be punished.
We know of events in Smyrna through the work of a writer who claims to have witnessed them. It all began when a group of Christians was brought before the authorities, and they refused to worship the gods. Under the cruelest of tortures they remained firm, we are told, because "resting in Christ they scorned the pains of the world." When Germanicus, an elderly Christian, was brought to trial, he was told that he should take into account his old age and recant, rather than submit to torture and death.
Polycarp said, “Eighty and six years have I served Christ, nor has He ever done me any harm. How, then, could I blaspheme my King who saved Me?....I bless Thee for deigning me worthy of this day and this hour that I may be among Thy martyrs and drink the cup of my Lord Jesus Christ.”
This is Daniel Whyte III with Just Jesus, a podcast designed to celebrate the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ, the impact He has on the world, and the salvation He offers for all people. This is episode #259. The aim of this podcast is to encourage you to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to begin to live your life according to His Word.
Our Just Jesus passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 2:11 which reads: "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child [Jesus] with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Our featured Just Jesus quote today is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She said, "The fact is, there is a ‘course’ that addresses every issue we will ever face. The Teacher, Jesus Christ, loves to meet one-on-one with His students, so that He can tailor the course to our needs. He is willing to hold class every day that we are willing to meet. We already have the Textbook, which was written by the Teacher Himself. Parts of it can be difficult to grasp. But the Teacher is always available—twenty-four hours a day—to help us understand.”
Ninguém de maneira alguma vos engane; porque não será assim sem que antes venha a apostasia, e se manifeste o homem do pecado, o filho da perdição, 2 Tessalonicenses 2:3
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No one in any way deceive you; because it is not so except there come a falling away, and manifest the man of sin, the son of perdition, 2 Thessalonians 2: 3
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The Bible says in Matthew 24:37-39: "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: "Judgment Begins at the House of God" (Part 6) from Dr. Ed Hindson's book "Revelation: Unlocking the Future".
This section is titled: SMYRNA: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (PART 2)
Persecution was the watchword of this church. They had suffered often at the hands of the Romans and would suffer even more in the years to come. The Jewish population in Smyrna was particularly anti-Christian. They led the chant demanding the martyrdom of Polycarp and other believers. But as was so often the case, the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church. The church at Smyrna grew into one of the most revered and influential churches of its time because its leaders were willing to lay down their lives for Christ and the gospel.
Four things characterizing the suffering of the believers at Smyrna were mentioned in our Lord’s letter to them:
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The Bible says in Matthew 24:36: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: "Judgment Begins at the House of God" (Part 5) from Dr. Ed Hindson's book "Revelation: Unlocking the Future".
This section is titled: SMYRNA: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (PART 1)
Smyrna was located about 35 miles from Ephesus. It was the next major city on the Roman road. Known today as Izmir, ancient Smyrna was a beautiful and prosperous city. As early as 195 BC, a temple had been built there to Dea Rome (the personification of Rome as a goddess). In AD 25, a temple was built there to Emperor Tiberius. Thus, emperor worship became a matter of great pride and loyalty to the people of Smyrna.
In contrast to the deification of Rome and its emperors stood the Christian church at Smyrna. There is not one hint of compromise in our Lord’s letter to them. Their devotion to Christ was such that they refused to burn incense at Caesar’s bust. But in time, they paid dearly for their fidelity to the Savior. In the middle of the second century, the aged and godly Polycarp, bishop of the church for forty years and John’s personal disciple, was burned at the stake for his faith in Jesus Christ.
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The History of Christianity #45
Our Scripture verse today is 1 Corinthians 4:20 which reads: "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power."
Our quote today is from Irenaeus of Lyons. He said: "He who was the Son of God became the Son of man, that man ... might become the son of God."
Today, we are looking at "The Teachers of the Church" (Part 2) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Irenaeus was a native of Asia Minor - probably Smyrna - where he was born around the year 130. There he was a disciple of Polycarp, of whose martyrdom we have already told in a previous broadcast. Throughout his life, Irenaeus was a fervent admirer of Polycarp, and in his writings he often speaks of an "old man" - or a presbyter - whose name is not given, but who is probably Polycarp. In any case, unknown reasons led Irenaeus to migrate to Lyons, in what is today southern France. There he became a presbyter, and as such was sent to Rome with a message for the bishop of that city. While he was in Rome, persecution broke out in Lyons and nearby Vienne and Bishop Photinus perished. Upon his return to Lyons, Irenaeus was elected bishop of the church in that city. He served as such until his death, probably as a martyr, in 202 AD.
Irenaeus was above all a pastor. He was not particularly interested in philosophical speculation nor in delving into mysteries hitherto unsolved, but rather in leading his flock in Christian life and faith. Therefore, in his writings he did not seek to rise in great speculative flights, but simply to refute heresy and instruct believers. Only two of his works survive: Demonstration of Apostolic Preaching, and Exposure and Refutation of Knowledge Falsely So-Called (also known as Against Heresies)...
Tommorows Episode covers the John's Class/Prophets Class! Who was Smyrna and what did they teach? You will know if my Father's Spirit explantion is
Tomorrows Episode covers the John's Class/Prophets Class! Who was Smyrna and what did they teach? You will know if my Father's Spirit explanation given me in Spirit of the Scriptures is meant for you ( The Elects Sake) because it will make sense to yo, Father's children know His Voice and His Message, and "They" will believe it...If it's not for you, it won't make a bit of sense, and you in Spirit will not believe it!
-John The Elder
Pastor General here at SMYRNA
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