Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. — 2 Tim 2:3 NET
“I made him a witness to nations, a ruler and commander of nations.”—For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.—We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God.—We do not wage war according to human standards, for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds.—After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Isa 55:4, Heb 2:10, Acts 14:22, Eph 6:12-13, 2 Cor 10:3-4, 1 Pet 5:10
The unity of the Spirit. — Eph 4:3 NET
There is one body and one Spirit.—Through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Look! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together! It is like fine oil poured on the head which flows down the beard – Aaron’s beard, and then flows down his garments.
You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
Eph 4:4, Eph 2:18-22, Ps 133:1-2, 1 Pet 1:22
Daily Light on the Daily Path - July 31
Public domain content taken from Daily Light on the Daily Path by Samuel Bagster.