Thursday, February 23, 2017

Polycarp: who will be raised?

Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Feast of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
    And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
    —1 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)
    He who was raised from the dead will raise us also, if we do His will and live by His commands and love what He loved, refraining from all injustice, covetousness, love of money, evil-speaking, false witness, not returning evil for evil or abuse for abuse, or blow for blow, or curse for curse, but remembering what the Lord said when He taught: Do not judge, so that you may not be judged; forgive and you will be forgiven; have mercy so that you may be shown mercy; with the measure you use men will measure back to you; and blessed are the poor and those who are persecuted for their uprightness, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
    ... Polycarp (69?-155?), Letter to the Philippians A.D. 110-140, 2:2-3 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 6:14; Matt. 5:7,11-12; 6:14; 7:1-2; Luke 6:20,22; Rom. 6:4-8; 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:15-20; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; Phil. 3:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we rise in You.
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