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Seraphim Rose: “to be Christian is to be crucified”

It may be a noble thought of Christians that, like Christ, they should also be killed on the torture pole. But nothing could be further from the truth.

It is also wrong to think that Christ’s kingdom will not take place here on earth. The Old Testament is very clear about that, as well as the words of Jesus Christ himself give a sign of how we will have to find peace here on earth and how we can already start working towards it in our own lives. So a Christian should not sit back and watch passively from the sidelines.

We already have in this age the body of Christ, the Church, which will be part of that kingdom of Christ. Some, like Augustine of Hippo, even claim that the Church is the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of heaven even now. The Bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, a well-known theologian, philosopher and Church Father, is considered one of the most important Church Fathers of the West. According to him, God’s saints would rule with Him even now. But that does not square with the teaching that Jesus will only judge the living and the dead at his return, and thus only then will people be admitted into Jesus’ kingdom. Also, God has not held the reigns in his own hands, but that will first belong to God’s son.

So there will come a time when those who will have risen with Christ will think of the things that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. For this reason, then, all should seek the things that are above and not the things that are on the earth (Col 3:1-2).

Those who are alive today and those who work for the good of the spiritual family of God will face persecution and tribulation even who know. That is the cross we will have to bear as Christians. But we have the certainty that the suffering we now have to endure here on earth is temporary. For we have the prospect of the promised peace on earth, where all those who love God will be allowed to live together in peace.



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“Let not us, who would be Christians, expect anything else from it than to be crucified, For to be Christian is to be crucified, in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example—and warning—to us all. We must be crucified personally, mystically; for though crucifixion is the only path to resurrection. If we would rise with Christ, we must first be humbled with Him—even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.

“And we must be crucified outwardly, in the eyes of the world; for Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world, and the world cannot bear it, even a single representative of it, even for a single moment. The world can only accept Antichrist, now or at any time.”

Blessed Seraphim Rose







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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

One thought on “Seraphim Rose: “to be Christian is to be crucified”

  1. Saint Augustine of Hippo (5th century), in his book, The City of God, describes the difference between what he calls the city of God, and the city of man. He says this,

    “The earthly [city] has made for herself, according to her heart’s desire, false gods out of any sources at all, even out of human beings, that she might adore them with sacrifices. The heavenly one, on the other hand, living like a wayfarer in this world, makes no false gods for herself. On the contrary, she herself is made by the true God that she may be herself a true sacrifice to Him.”

    Those who are in Christ are like travelers moving through this life in which we are never meant to settle down. Our joys are only a faint taste of what is to come when God’s kingdom is fully fulfilled. Our suffering and grief now will be only fading memories when His new creation comes.

    Tim Shey wrote

    Luke 17:20-21: “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

    The quote by Augustine of Hippo above reminds me of this quote:

    “BABYLON is the spiritual fabric of iniquity; the mystical great city of the great king of darkness; built in imitation of Zion, painted just like Zion, that it might be taken for Zion, and be worshipped there, instead of the true, eternal, ever living God, and King of Zion.”

    “And here, in this there is a great difference between the vessels of Zion, and the vessels of Babylon. The vessels of Zion, they are weak, earthen, foolish, contemptible to the eye of man’s wisdom, (which cannot look for any great matter of excellency there); but the treasure, the liquor of life in them, is precious. The vessels of Babylon make a great show, appear very holy, very heavenly, very zealous for God and Christ, and for the setting up of his church and ordinances all over the world. Thus they appear outside; but they are sepulchers; there is rottenness within. Under all this there lodges an unclean, an unsanctified heart; a heart unsubdued to the spirit and power of the gospel, while it makes such a great show of subjection and obedience to the letter.”

    “But their souls never knew the fire in Zion, and the furnace in Jerusalem; by which the very inwards of their spirits must be cleansed, before the pure eye of life is opened which can see Zion.”

    “And it is a spiritual city, a mystical city, a city built by the working of the mystery of iniquity, 2 Thes 2:7. whereupon she is called mystery. Rev 17:5. It is not a city of plain wickedness, but a city of sin that is hidden; of sin keeping its life under a covering, under a form of godliness; of sin reigning in the heart under zeal, under devotion, under praying, believing, worshipping, hoping, waiting, etc. Where sin lies hidden within under these, there is Babylon; there is the mystery of witchcraft; there is the painted throne of Satan; there is spiritual Egypt and Sodom, where the Lord of life is daily crucified. This is the city, the mystical city, the spiritual city. Rev. 11:8.”

    –Isaac Penington


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