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From Trials to Triumph

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    The Gentiles See the Light

    Later, in important centers, Paul and his companions preached the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But their chief energies were henceforth directed toward heathen peoples who had little or no knowledge of the true God and of His Son. Through the untiring ministrations of the apostles to the Gentiles, those “separated from Christ” who “once were far off” learned that they had been “brought near in the blood of Christ,” and through faith they might become “members of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:12, 13, 19, RSV.TT 93.2

    To those who believe, Christ is a sure foundation. This living stone is broad enough and strong enough to sustain the weight and burden of the whole world. The apostle wrote: “You are ... built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:19, 20, RSV.TT 93.3

    As the gospel spread in Pisidia, the unbelieving Jews in their blind prejudice “incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out” from that district.TT 93.4

    The apostles were not discouraged. They remembered the words of their Master: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:12, RSV.TT 93.5

    The gospel message was advancing!TT 93.6

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