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Experiencing the Power of our Identity in Christ

Pliny was Roman governor in Asia Minor in the early second century. He struggled to understand why Christians responded as they did when they were brought before him to undergo trial and eventual punishment. Continue reading . . .

Pliny was Roman governor in Asia Minor in the early second century. He struggled to understand why Christians responded as they did when they were brought before him to undergo trial and eventual punishment. So he wrote a letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan asking for his advice. In the letter he described a typical response by a Christian man. Pliny threatened him:

“I will banish you,” said the governor.

“You can’t,” was his reply. “For all the world is my Father’s house.”

“Well, then, I will kill you,” said Pliny.

“You can’t,” said the believer, “for my life is hid with Christ in God.”

“OK, then, I will take away all your possessions.”

“You can’t, because my treasure is in heaven!”

“Well, I’ll drive you away from your friends and family and you will have no one left to comfort you.”

“You can’t, for I have an unseen Friend, from whom neither you nor anyone else can separate me.”

Pliny was at a total loss. With what can you threaten a man whose identify and life are wrapped up in Jesus Christ?

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