|2 Corinthians 12:10|
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
|2 Corinthians 2:15-16|
15 For we are the sweet aroma of Christ unto God to those who are being saved; and to those who are perishing,
16 To this latter we are the aroma of death to death; to the former the aroma of life to life. And who is qualified for such a task?
|1 Timothy 4:10|
10 Therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.2 [(Mark! All men, not just all believers). All men are saved from death by Jesus. Jesus has tasted death for every man, Heb 2:9, not just "believers." Because the disobedience of one man led all men to condemnation; even so one man's act of righteousness exculpates (pronounces not guilty of offences) all men to right standing with God and eternal life. Rom 5:18. Jesus died so all persons will be reconciled with God; but each person must first experience the painful removal of sin because reconciliation can only occur between pure objects; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14.]
11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? And so the offence of the cross2 would have ceased. [The preaching of the necessity of the cross for salvation offends, so much that Paul was persecuted for preaching it. When the early Quakers preached the cross, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Puritans, imprisoned them, seized their property, and killed them. Christendom denies Jesus' insistence on salvation's prerequisite of bearing the cross to slay their selfish, sinful spirits; and they are greatly offended when told that belief in historical facts about Jesus and being dunked in water is not sufficient for salvation.]
|1 Corinthians 1:18|
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing; but to us who are being saved the cross is the power of God.5 [Those who take up the inward cross of self-denial quickly experience the power of God to begin freeing them from sin. From the Word of the Lord within: "With the true gospel there is ample proof along the way. There are many that deny the cross and all that is necessary. He who is not on the cross is not worthy of me. The purpose of this website is to teach you how to carry your cross. Every man that comes, must come through the cross;—I say every man!"]
33 Partly while you were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions, and partly while you were companions of those who were treated this way.
26 Esteeming the reproach for the Christ [to come] greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked forward to the reward.
|1 Peter 4:14|
14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you; on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
|Luke 6:22 |
22 Blessed are you, when men hate you and exclude you from their company, and reproach you, and revile your name as evil for the Son of man's sake.