For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5:6


Gift all!

   For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Rom. 15:4

   In the letter to the Hebrews we read this concerning the patience: «For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.» (Heb. 10:36). There is something following this, to do the will of God - which simply is to believe in the one He has sent, Jesus Christ. It will be a fight with forces both within and around you, that you did not even had a presentiment of existed before.
   In another passage, the same author talks about to «run with endurance the race that is set before us» here on earth, «fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.»
   Endurance is accordingly a very important thing in a Christians life. Without it we will give up and yield to the forces against, before the final goal is reached. That is why Gods promises is written down, so that we might have hope through the perseverance and encouragement they give!
   It (the Scripture) is giving this to us! We cannot take this endurance, but it grows there where a believer sticks to the Word of God, the comfort it is giving in the midst of the battle, and in the midst of a fall.
   Marvellous God! - So all in His kingdom is gift! It is there ready for you in the Scriptures, so be therefore a diligent «reader.» (The Christian laity of Norway was formerly called «the readers.»
   The Lord knows that our defeats will be many through the years, and the really awaken sees, that they will be more than one can count! Then it is need for endurance!
   You shall not stick to what you see, when it comes to yourself and your own life in the heat of the struggle - all this that can spring forth from our old self - because then you will lose courage and with that the faith, but you shall stick to the Word, to the promises of God, and His faithfulness!
   You must always remember that the promises of God are attached to concrete act -
He lived and He died for you


Holy Bible New American Standard Version
Translator: E.K.



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