Alive and Well (Matthew 16:18)

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Referring to some foolish actions taken by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, C. H. Spurgeon underscored the futility of opposing God and the indestructibility of the church. Spurgeon wrote: “A medal was struck by Diocletian bearing the inscription, ‘The name of Christians being extinguished.’ And in Spain, two monument pillars were raised by Diocletian. On one was written: “Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti for having extended the Roman Empire in the east and the west, and for having extinguished the name of Christians, who brought the Republic to ruin.’ “On the second pillar was an inscription praising the Emperor “for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ, for having extended the worship of the gods.” Spurgeon went on to say: “As a modern writer has observed: ‘We have here a monument raised by paganism over the grave of its vanquished foe. But … far from being deceased, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph…. Neither in Spain, nor elsewhere, can be pointed out the burial place of Christianity; there is none, for the living have no tomb.’”

How true! The church has no grave. Kept by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, it is indestructible. No power, whether human or demonic, is able to “prevail against it.”

Yes, the church is alive and well – and always will be! – Richard W. De Haan

O where are the kings and empires now

Of old that went and came?

But, Lord, Thy church is praying yet,

A thousand years the same. – Coxe

God’s workers may be stopped, but God’s work goes on.

  • July 17, 1988, Our  Daily Bread
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