Would the Church today measure up to the Earliest Christians who were martyred for the faith?
What did Paul mean when he wrote “you have put off the old man with his deeds.” (Colossians 3:9)? The Early Church was zealous for being a living sacrifice, clearly understanding the meaning of Paul’s sentiment.
Explains what Paul had suffered leading up to his martyrdom and how Peter was martyred.
Only the heretics believe that the we only need to open our mouth to confess. Just confessing with your mouth is the belief of a hypocrite. Our confession is without our works, our deeds. There are death bead confessions before you die to confess, it is not acceptable to the Lord. We confess to be in God by walking out the commandments.
There are those, who out of their foolish and irrational behaviour make martyrdom out to be as if it is some type of competition. We should not be afraid to face death, however we are to take care of ourselves and not purposely come to our perceptions lest we become an accomplice to our own death.
Not everyone will receive the same type of glory as Paul states the three different luminaries. Those who walk this lifestyle of martyrdom is a greater feat than going through the pains of martyrdom through a moment of pain. The prize of chastity comes wrestling against the fierce torments of pleasures, gears and griefs.
The martyrs were of such a virtuous mindset and had such a love and patience for God that was greater than others they were able to endure such tortures. During their intense tortures, with their veins bones exposed they didn’t so much as groan or sigh thus proving they were communing with Christ during their sufferings. Martyrdom was supernatural.
Throughout the ages those who confess their love for the Son of God became martyrs and being so was looked upon as an honor. Only resulting in an increasing number of those who believed.
Through the examination by Rusticas the perfect, Justin and the 5 Christians with him refused to obey the gods and submit to the kings. They were obedient to the one true God and King and were decapitated.
The different attempts they tried and failed to kill Polycarp before they finally martyred him.