One of the Coolest Verses in the Bible

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St. Paul wrote the Epistle to the Philippians from Rome, where he was awaiting trial for assorted thought crimes against the state (some things never change). In closing his letter, he said,\

All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. (Philippians 4:22)

Caesar’s household! Christians–right there in the very heart of the Roman Empire. Right there in Caesar’s house! And this less than 40 years after Jesus Christ was crucified–by Rome.

The Romans should have known that they were licked right there. Nevertheless, they went on to kill and jail as many Christians as they could lay their hands on. All those early Christians had to do, to save themselves from painful and humiliating deaths, was to deny Jesus Christ.

They didn’t.

And Christ did not and will not deny them.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “One of the Coolest Verses in the Bible

  • UnKnowable

    I had never taken note of that verse before. Even the mighty Roman Empire could not control the hearts and minds of its subjects.

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  • Phoebe

    What’s remarkable is how many Roman soldiers seem to have been drawn to Jesus — viz. the Centurion whose sick slave Jesus cured, and whom Jesus praised for his faith, and even the soldier who was converted at the very site of the crucifixion. Obviously, as soldiers they recognized true authority when they saw it. (“I, too, am a man under authority….”) As an Air Force officer, I always got a thrill on reading the story about the Centurion. And when I found out that Philippi was the place where many of the retired Roman soldiers lived, because of the land grants they’d been given there at their retirement, Philippians became my favorite of St. Paul’s epistles. Military bias on my part, I suppose….

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