Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (d. 108 C.E.?), being escorted to Rome to be eaten by lions in the Coliseum, was allowed to receive visitors and write letters to the Churches of Asia Minor before taking ship for Italy.
In his Epistle to the Ephesians I read: “Those that are carnal cannot do spiritual things; neither can those that are spiritual do carnal things, just as faith cannot do the works of faithlessness, nor faithlessness the works of faith. But even the things that ye do at the prompting of the flesh are spiritual, for ye do all things in Jesus Christ.”
I’ve been wanting to post statements of my own on this blog for some time, but not had the freedom nor the energy. But this beautiful statement of Ignatius’s so far outshines anything I might write that I’m taking a break from my job to put it out there for all of you that have asked for the new life in Christ and felt His acceptance of you. Ask yourselves whether or not this message sounds like your Shepherd’s voice, and if it does, rejoice with me, give thanks, and relax; He will not let you lose it unless you willfully break away. And why would you?