Christian Behavior 6

Objection. But if faith so naturally causes good works, then what is the reason that God’s people find it so difficult to be fruitful in good works?

I answer, 1. God’s people are fruitful in good works according to the proportion of their faith; if they are thin in good works, it is because they are weak in faith. Little faith is like small candles, or weak fire, which though they shine and have heat; yet but dim shining and small heat, when compared with bigger candles and greater fire. The reason that some people in Sardis had works that were not perfect before God was because they did not hold fast by faith to the Word that they had formerly heard and received (Revelation 3:1-3).

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Book of Martyrs 21

Proterius was made a priest by Cyril, bishop of Alexandria, who was well acquainted with his virtues, before he appointed him to preach. On the death of Cyril, the see of Alexandria was filled by Discorus, an inveterate enemy to the memory and family of his predecessor. Being condemned by the council of Chalcedon for having embraced the errors of Eutyches, he was deposed, and Proterius chosen to fill the vacant see, who was approved of by the emperor. This occasioned a dangerous insurrection, for the city of Alexandria was divided into two factions; the one to espouse the cause of the old, and the other of the new prelate. In one of the commotions, the Eutychians determined to wreak their vengeance on Proterius, who fled to the church for sanctuary: but on Good Friday, A.D. 457, a large body of them rushed into the church, and barbarously murdered the prelate; after which they dragged the body through the streets, insulted it, cut it to pieces, burnt it, and scattered the ashes in the air.

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Truth That Moves with Power

“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” —Romans 6:5-7

Our last article mentioned there very basic practical truths from this Scripture portion: (1) union with Christ that rests in hope (v5); (2) knowledge of truth that moves with power (v6); and (3) the reality of the Cross that makes free (v7). As we only examined verse 5, let us turn our attention to verse 6.

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