A Life of the Cross

2 Timothy 2:11-12, The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him.

Prosperity gospel heretics claim God has promised a prosperous material life in this world, and lo: people believe them! We are promised prosperity in the eternal life to come, but Jesus never promises us prosperity in this life. Rather, picking up our cross and following Jesus means the promise of tribulation even to the point of death (Luke 9:23; John 16:33)! For if the only-begotten Son of God suffered and died in this world, why would we—children of God through Baptism—be an exception? Even the apostles suffered and died for Christ. The life of the Christian—a life of the cross—is a costly life, for it will cost us many things, even our own lives. Therefore, if we want to live with Christ, we must die with Him. If we want to reign with Him in the kingdom, we must suffer with Him.

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