Loving the Lord and hating evil

“‭Ye that love‭‭ the LORD‭, hate‭‭ evil‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 97:10.

Much has been said and written about these two emotions of the heart and mind and which produce corresponding fruit in the life and govern the actions of mankind. And much of what has been said and written is totally erroneous.

That there is a close relationship between these very dissimilar passions is very evident from the verse at the head of this article. A person is either allied to the LORD or to EVIL


It is entirely wrong to say that the Bible does not teach ‘hatred’. What it most definitely teaches is that we are not to ‘hate our neighbour’. The Saviour’s response to a question by a lawyer is central to the teaching of God’s Word.

“‭Master‭, which‭ ‭is‭ the great‭ commandment‭ in‭ the law‭?‭ ‭ Jesus‭ said‭‭ unto him‭, Thou shalt love‭‭ the Lord‭ thy‭ God‭ with‭ all‭ thy‭ heart‭, and‭ with‭ all‭ thy‭ soul‭, and‭ with‭ all‭ thy‭ mind‭.‭ ‭This‭ is‭‭ the first‭ and‭ great‭ commandment‭.‭ ‭And‭ the second‭ ‭is‭ like‭ unto it‭, Thou shalt love‭‭ thy‭ neighbour‭ as‭ thyself‭.‭ ‭On‭ these‭ two‭ commandments‭ hang‭‭ all‭ the law‭ and‭ the prophets‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 22:36-40.

Love for the Lord prompts and instigates obedience to all that the Lord has revealed to us regarding His mind and will for our behaviour. “‭If‭ ye love‭‭ me‭, keep‭‭ my‭ commandments‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 14:15. We cannot claim to love the Lord and live in disobedience to ANY of His commandments.

There are many today who would claim to be Christians and yet make the contradictory claim that there are things the Saviour commands which they don’t feel they have to obey! They explain away what is revealed to us in the Word, about which the Saviour said: “‭Heaven‭ and‭ earth‭ shall pass away‭‭, but‭ my‭ words‭ shall‭‭ not‭ pass away‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:35, by asserting that such things as they reject were born out of ‘customs and fashions of yesteryear!

However, it is entirely contrary to the teaching of the Bible to look on any of its direct charges as something that belongs only to a certain time or era. It is true that the Levitical Laws have, to a large degree been superseded by New Testament commands, but we have the direct instructions from the Lord and His apostles for such changes.

The changes from the seventh day to the first day of the week to meet together to worship the Lord is authorised by what we read of the practice instituted by the apostles in their marking of the day of the Saviour’s resurrection and victory after His death on the cross. Paul taught the Corinthians about what day they should gather for worship. “‭Now‭ concerning‭ the collection‭ for‭ the saints‭, as‭ I have given order‭‭ to the churches‭ of Galatia‭, even‭ so‭ do‭‭ ye‭.‭ ‭Upon‭ the first‭ ‭day‭ of the week‭ let‭‭ every one‭ of you‭ lay‭‭ by‭ him‭ in store‭‭, as‭‭ ‭God‭ hath prospered him‭‭, that‭‭ there be‭‭ no‭ gatherings‭‭ when‭ I come‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. It will be easily understood that many of the early believers did not enjoy the liberty to assemble whenever they might desire to do so. Many were slaves. That being so, ‘the ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭first‭ ‭day‭ of the week‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’ would have the only day they were required to gather, together if they could. Again, we see this in practice when Paul was on his second missionary journey, and gathered the saints in Troas on the first day of the week for a breaking of bread, a communion service. “‭And‭ upon‭ the first‭ ‭day‭ of the week‭, when the disciples‭ came together‭‭ to break‭‭ bread‭, Paul‭ preached‭‭ unto them‭, ready‭‭ to depart‭‭ on the morrow‭; and‭ continued‭‭ his speech‭ until‭ midnight‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 20:7.

We may not take it upon ourselves to simple cast aside what we do not agree with and wish to abandon.

This proud abandoning of the plain commands of God by some individuals out of a desire to accommodate their own carnal notions is, sadly, a feature of modern ‘Christianity’!

We must and will hate sin for the Lord hates it! Being born again by the Holy Spirit, there is implanted within us a new nature whereby we are “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭partakers‭ of the divine‭ nature‭, having escaped‭‭ the corruption‭ that is in‭ the world‭ through‭ lust‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Peter 1:4. We have a nature like unto our heavenly Father and therefore share His loves and His hates! No Christians can persistently act contrary to that nature with which they have been endued. Where there is a persistent acting contrary to God and His law, then we must conclude that there has been no supernatural work of grace wrought in that person.

Yes, a Christian may sin, may backslide, BUT the Bible teaches that NO CHRISTIAN can abide in sin. “‭Whosoever‭ is born‭‭ of‭ God‭ doth‭‭ not‭ commit sin‭; for‭ his‭ seed‭ remaineth‭‭ in‭ him‭: and‭ he cannot‭‭‭ sin‭‭, because‭ he is born‭‭ of‭ God‭.‭ ‭In‭ this‭ the children‭ of God‭ are‭‭ manifest‭, and‭ the children‭ of the devil‭: whosoever‭ doeth‭‭ not‭ righteousness‭ is‭‭ not‭ of‭ God‭, neither‭ he that loveth‭‭ not‭ his‭ brother‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 John 3:9-10. John Gill explains the words, ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭doth‭‭ not‭ commit sin‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’ as meaning: ‘Does not make it his trade and business; it is not the constant course of his life; he does not live and walk in sin, or give up himself to it; he is not without the being of it in him, or free from acts of sin in his life and conversation, but he does not so commit it as to be the servant of it, a slave unto it, or to continue in it; and that for this reason.’

So then, if we love the Lord truly we will hate and eschew evil. “‭For‭ he that will‭‭ love‭‭ life‭, and‭ see‭‭ good‭ days‭, let him refrain‭‭ his‭ tongue‭ from‭ evil‭, and‭ his‭ lips‭ that they speak‭‭ no‭ guile‭:‭ ‭let him eschew‭‭‭ (utterly avoid) evil‭, and‭ do‭‭ good‭; let him seek‭‭ peace‭, and‭ ensue‭‭ it‭.‭ ‭For‭ the eyes‭ of the Lord‭ ‭are‭ over‭ the righteous‭, and‭ his‭ ears‭ ‭are open‭ unto‭ their‭ prayers‭: but‭ the face‭ of the Lord‭ ‭is‭ against‭ them that do‭‭ evil‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Peter 3:10-12.


Love must show itself and declare its affection by works. Love, “‭rejoiceth‭‭ not‭ in‭ iniquity‭, but‭ rejoiceth‭‭ in the truth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1Corinthians 13:6. Love will declare itself whatever the circumstances and stand beside the Lord Jesus.

It will enable us to face death rather than betray its Lord. As it was with the Saviour, Who “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭became‭‭ obedient‭ unto‭ death‭, even‭ the death‭ of the cross‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (Philippians 2:8) for those He loved and would save from their sins, even so it is with the the faithful disciple who loves and serves Christ. The Lord Jesus “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭having loved‭‭ his own‭ which‭ were in‭ the world‭, he loved‭‭ them‭ unto‭ the end‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 13:1. His love was unfailing and unchanging and so too should ours be for Him.

We will declare ourselves for Him irrespective of who is against Him. It is something which the true believer knows he cannot shirk! The Saviour set forth this truth in the starkest terms, “‭He that is‭‭ not‭ with‭ me‭ is‭‭ against‭ me‭: and‭ he that gathereth‭‭ not‭ with‭ me‭ scattereth‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 11:23.

Judged by this template, how many professing Christians are in truth against the Saviour! They freely mingle with the enemies of God and truth and seem content to call them friends. So it is in the Ecumenical and modernistic churches which in very recent times have progressively embraced more and more of the ungodly thinking of the world until sodomy and the various perversions associated with it are placated and accommodated within their ranks!

As it was with Edom when Jerusalem was razed by the enemy, so it is with many professing ‘Christians’ today as the gospel is under attack. “‭For ‭thy‭ violence‭ against thy brother‭ Jacob‭ shame‭ shall cover‭‭ thee, and thou shalt be cut off‭‭ for ever‭.‭ ‭In the day‭ that thou stoodest‭‭ on the other side, in the day‭ that the strangers‭‭ carried away captive‭‭ his forces‭, and foreigners‭ entered‭‭ into his gates‭, and cast‭‭ lots‭ upon Jerusalem‭, even thou ‭wast‭ as one‭ of them.‭ ‭But thou shouldest not have looked‭‭ on the day‭ of thy brother‭ in the day‭ that he became a stranger‭; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced‭‭ over the children‭ of Judah‭ in the day‭ of their destruction‭‭; neither shouldest thou have spoken‭ proudly‭‭ in the day‭ of distress‭.‭ ‭Thou shouldest not have entered‭‭ into the gate‭ of my people‭ in the day‭ of their calamity‭; yea, thou shouldest not have looked‭‭ on their affliction‭ in the day‭ of their calamity‭, nor have laid‭‭ ‭hands‭ on their substance‭ in the day‭ of their calamity‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Obadiah 1:10-13.

A true love for the Lord and His cause will cause us to mourn at the ‘violence’ done to the cause of Christ and boldly step forward to condemn the wickedness of men against the gospel. In his earlier days, Ian Paisley was the epitome of such boldness, whatever may be said of his latter years!

Love for the Saviour will make the pulpits ring with bold defiance against the devil and his works. Do the pulpits ring so today? I hear all too often that it is not so. I see also a great lack of public condemnation by preachers against the ongoing slide into greater and greater perversity. Am I wrong in saying that such a silence was not the case in the 1960s and 70s, when voices were raised, placards displayed and Free Presbyterian feet were heard marching to confront the latest outburst from the enemy!

I have heard it said that there are those ministers who ‘whisper’ — for they are ashamed to openly declare such a thing — that the day for marching and protesting is over! That will only happen when the devil is cast into the Lake of Fire and the voice of the false prophet is heard no more proclaiming his lies and deceits. Until then, true Christian love will neither be silent or still!

In his second epistles Peter said: “‭Wherefore‭ I will‭‭ not‭ be negligent‭‭ to put‭‭ you‭ always‭ in remembrance‭‭ of‭ these things‭, though‭ ye know‭‭ ‭them‭, and‭ be established‭‭ in‭ the present‭‭ truth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Peter 1:12. He continued in his earnest efforts to put the saints in remembrance of the issues they must ever bear in mind and deals with an issue back then which requires our attention still. “‭This‭ second‭ epistle‭, beloved‭, I‭‭ now‭ write‭‭ unto you‭; in‭ ‭both‭ which‭ I stir up‭‭ your‭ pure‭ minds‭ by way‭ of remembrance‭:‭ ‭That ye may be mindful‭‭ of the words‭ which were spoken before‭‭ by‭ the holy‭ prophets‭, and‭ of the commandment‭ of us‭ the apostles‭ of the Lord‭ and‭ Saviour‭:‭ ‭knowing‭‭ this‭ first‭, that‭ there shall come‭‭ in‭ the last‭ days‭ scoffers‭, walking‭‭ after‭ their‭ own‭ lusts‭,‭ ‭and‭ saying‭‭, Where‭ is‭‭ the promise‭ of his‭ coming‭? for‭ since‭‭ the fathers‭ fell asleep‭‭, all things‭ continue‭‭‭ as ‭they were‭ from‭ the beginning‭ of the creation‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Peter 3:1-4.

Our reaction to the present-day ’scoffers’ must be that of Peter. Not silently ignoring these evil deniers of God’s truth but a defining them for what they are and warning God’s people of their deceits. Among the words which he urged upon the people are the closing words of his letter: “‭Ye‭ therefore‭, beloved‭, seeing ye know ‭these things‭ before‭‭, beware‭‭ lest‭ ye also‭‭, being led away‭‭ with the error‭ of the wicked‭, fall from‭‭ your own‭ stedfastness‭.‭ ‭But‭ grow‭‭ in‭ grace‭, and‭ ‭in‭ the knowledge‭ of our‭ Lord‭ and‭ Saviour‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭. To him‭ ‭be‭ glory‭ both‭ now‭ and‭ for‭ ever‭‭. Amen‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Peter 3:17-18.

I would sadly suggest that there are few ‘Peters’ today, exposing the deceivers, contradicting their lies and setting forth the truth of Christ’s return in power and great glory as “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭a thief‭ in‭ the night‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ (verse 10) to take vengeance upon His enemies!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ There is still a need for such a witness and where there is true love for Christ that witness will be mounted and heard!


Where there is a true love for Christ there will be a walking close to Him, enjoying His fellowship and power and living in ‘the victory of the cross’!

Peter, in his cowardly backsliding and denial of Christ was at that time ‘afar off’! “‭Then‭ Jesus‭ said‭‭ unto‭ the chief priests‭, and‭ captains‭ of the temple‭, and‭ the elders‭, which were come‭‭ to‭ him‭, Be ye come out‭‭, as‭ against‭ a thief‭, with‭ swords‭ and‭ staves‭?‭ ‭When‭‭ I‭ was‭‭ daily‭‭ with‭ you‭ in‭ the temple‭, ye stretched forth‭‭ no‭ hands‭ against‭ me‭: but‭ this‭ is‭‭ your‭ hour‭, and‭ the power‭ of darkness‭.‭ ‭Then‭ took they‭‭ him‭, and led‭‭ ‭him‭, and‭ brought‭‭ him‭ into‭ the high priest’s‭ house‭. And‭ Peter‭ followed‭‭ afar off‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 22:52-54.

He was a very different ‘Peter’ from the writer of the two epistles toward the end of our Bibles. He had repented of His backsliding and had experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost. It was then that the love for the Saviour that he thrice affirmed (John 21:15-17), was nourished and brought to a fulness for the chief fruit of the Holy Spirit is love. “‭But‭ the fruit‭ of the Spirit‭ is‭‭ love‭, joy‭, peace‭, longsuffering‭, gentleness‭, goodness‭, faith‭,‭ ‭meekness‭, temperance‭: against‭ such‭ there is‭‭ no‭ law‭.‭ ‭And‭ they that are‭ Christ’s‭ have crucified‭‭ the flesh‭ with‭ the affections‭ and‭ lusts‭.‭ ‭If‭ we live‭‭ in the Spirit‭, let us‭‭ also‭ walk‭‭ in the Spirit‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Galatians 5:22-25.

Thus the path of victory over sin is to enter into a full love for the Saviour so that we love Him ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭with‭ all‭ of our‭ heart‭, and‭ with‭ all‭ our‭ soul‭, and‭ with‭ all‭ of our ‭mind‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (Matthew 22:37), and thus enjoy the fulness of His blessing.


Drawn by love to the Saviour’s side will bring us ‘outside the camp’ for it was there that the Saviour suffered for us. “‭Wherefore‭ Jesus‭ also‭, that‭ he might sanctify‭‭ the people‭ with‭ his own‭ blood‭, suffered‭‭ without‭ the gate‭.‭ ‭Let us go forth‭‭ therefore‭ unto‭ him‭ without‭ the camp‭, bearing‭‭ his‭ reproach‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 13:12-13.

‘Outside the camp’ is a place of ‘reproach’, even ‘his reproach’! The word ‘reproach’ means ‘to revile’. It is the root of the of the word found in Matthew 27:41-44. “‭Likewise‭ also‭ the chief priests‭ mocking‭‭ ‭him‭, with‭ the scribes‭ and‭ elders‭, said‭‭,‭ ‭He saved‭‭ others‭; himself‭ he cannot‭‭‭ save‭‭. If‭ he be‭‭ the King‭ of Israel‭, let him‭‭ now‭ come down‭‭ from‭ the cross‭, and‭ we will believe‭‭ him‭.‭ ‭He trusted‭‭ in‭ God‭; let him deliver‭‭ him‭ now‭, if‭ he will have‭‭ him‭: for‭ he said‭‭,‭ I am‭‭ the Son‭ of God‭.‭ ‭ The thieves‭ also‭, which‭ were crucified‭‭ with him‭, cast‭‭ the same‭ in his‭ teeth‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The final phrase is the basis of the word ‘reproach’.

We cannot stand with the Lord Jesus without this hatred falling upon us as well as Him. The Lord Jesus faithfully warns us of this ‘reproach’. “‭If‭ the world‭ hate‭‭ you‭, ye know‭‭‭ that‭ it hated‭‭ me‭ before‭ ‭it hated‭ you‭.‭ ‭If‭ ye were‭‭ of‭ the world‭, the world‭ would‭ love‭‭ his own‭: but‭ because‭ ye are‭‭ not‭ of‭ the world‭, but‭ I‭ have chosen‭‭ you‭ out of‭ the world‭, therefore‭‭ the world‭ hateth‭‭ you‭.‭ ‭Remember‭‭ the word‭ that‭ I‭ said‭‭ unto you‭, The servant‭ is‭‭ not‭ greater than‭ his‭ lord‭. If‭ they have persecuted‭‭ me‭, they will‭‭ also‭ persecute‭‭ you‭; if‭ they have kept‭‭ my‭ saying‭, they will keep‭‭ yours‭ also‭.‭ ‭But‭ all‭ these things‭ will they do‭‭ unto you‭ for‭ my‭‭ name’s‭ sake‭, because‭ they know‭‭ not‭ him that sent‭‭ me‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 15:18-21.

What an honour to be so reviled! It was John Bunyan who said he wore men’s reproaches as campaign medals with joy!

There are few preachers today wearing medals like those of John Bunyan.

Let us counter the hurtful mockery of men by the ointment of the Word of God.

“‭The Spirit‭ itself‭ beareth witness‭‭ with our‭ spirit‭, that‭ we are‭‭ the children‭ of God‭:‭ ‭and‭ if‭ children‭, then‭ heirs‭; heirs‭ of God‭‭, and‭ joint-heirs‭ with Christ‭; if so be‭ that we suffer with‭‭ ‭him‭, that‭ we may be‭‭ also‭ glorified together‭‭.‭ ‭For‭ I reckon‭‭ that‭ the sufferings‭ of this present‭ time‭ ‭are‭ not‭ worthy‭ ‭to be compared‭ with‭ the glory‭ which shall‭‭ be revealed‭‭ in‭ us‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Romans 8:16-18.

“‭For‭ God‭, who‭ commanded‭‭ the light‭ to shine‭‭ out of‭ darkness‭,‭ hath shined‭‭ in‭ our‭ hearts‭, to‭ ‭give‭ the light‭ of the knowledge‭ of the glory‭ of God‭ in‭ the face‭ of Jesus‭ Christ‭.‭ ‭But‭ we have‭‭ this‭ treasure‭ in‭ earthen‭ vessels‭, that‭ the excellency‭ of the power‭ may be‭‭ of God‭, and‭ not‭ of‭ us‭.‭ ‭We are‭ troubled‭‭ on‭ every side‭, yet‭ not‭ distressed‭‭; ‭we are‭ perplexed‭‭, but‭ not‭ in despair‭‭;‭ ‭persecuted‭‭, but‭ not‭ forsaken‭‭; cast down‭‭, but‭ not‭ destroyed‭‭;‭ ‭always‭ bearing about‭‭ in‭ the body‭ the dying‭ of the Lord‭ Jesus‭, that‭ the life‭ also‭ of Jesus‭ might be made manifest‭‭ in‭ our‭ body‭.‭ ‭For we‭ which‭ live‭‭ are‭‭ alway‭‭ delivered‭‭ unto‭ death‭ for‭‭ Jesus‭’ sake‭, that‭ the life‭ also‭ of Jesus‭ might be made manifest‭‭ in‭ our‭ mortal‭ flesh‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Corinthians 4:6-11.

“‭And‭ in‭ nothing‭‭ terrified‭‭ by‭ your adversaries‭‭: which‭ is‭‭ to them‭‭ an evident token‭ of perdition‭, but‭ to you‭ of salvation‭, and‭ that‭ of‭ God‭.‭ ‭For‭ unto you‭ it is given‭‭ in the behalf‭ of Christ‭, not‭ only‭ to believe‭‭ on‭ him‭, but‭ also‭ to suffer‭‭ for‭‭ his sake‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Philippians 1:28-29.

“‭Therefore‭‭ I endure‭‭ all things‭ for‭‭ the elect’s‭ sakes‭, that‭ they‭ may‭‭ also‭ obtain‭‭ the salvation‭ which‭ is in‭ Christ‭ Jesus‭ with‭ eternal‭ glory‭.‭ ‭It is‭ a faithful‭ saying‭: For‭ if‭ we be dead with‭‭ ‭him‭, we shall‭‭ also‭ live with‭‭ ‭him‭:‭ ‭if‭ we suffer‭‭, we shall‭‭ also‭ reign with‭‭ ‭him‭: if‭ we deny‭‭ ‭him‭, he also‭ will deny‭‭ us‭:‭ ‭if‭ we believe not‭‭, ‭yet‭ he‭ abideth‭‭ faithful‭: he cannot‭‭‭ deny‭‭ himself‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Timothy 2:10-13.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

10th June 2023