and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” Philippians 1:28
When opponents do their worst, and we’re still standing for Christ, that is “a clear sign,” a prophetic warning, that God is with us. For example, when the Empress Eudoxia, in the fourth century, threatened John Chrysostom with banishment, he told her, “You cannot banish me, for this world is my Father’s house.” “But I will kill you,” she said. “No, you cannot, for my life is hidden with Christ in God.” “Then I will take away your treasures.” “No, you cannot, for my treasure is in heaven, and my heart is there.” “But I will drive you away from your friends, and you will have no one left.” “No, you cannot, for I have a friend in heaven from whom you cannot separate me. I defy you, for there is nothing you can do to harm me.”
John Chrysostom’s courage made him “a clear sign” of the weakness of her power and of the power of his weakness. The tactics of this world are weak, though they appear powerful. The truth of the gospel is strong, though it appears weak. Jesus is Lord. He just is. And the world is stuck with him, because they can’t impeach him, and he isn’t going to resign.
But how is our generation going to see his glory? Through our courage.
*This post was originally posted at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund