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Redeemed with Blood

Ambrose | June 5

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? —James 2:5

Rich Young Ruler: India Harvey

Don’t trust in riches, for such things are left here, on earth. Only faith will accompany you. Righteousness will also go with you if faith has led the way. Why do riches entice you? “Ye were not redeemed with gold and silver,” possessions, or silk garments, “from your vain conversation, but with the precious blood of Christ.” So then, the rich are those who are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ…. Don’t reject a poor man. For when Christ was rich, He became poor. He became poor because of you so that, by His poverty, He could make you rich. So then, don’t praise yourself as though you were rich. He sent out even His apos­tles without money and the first of them said: “Silver and gold have I none,” but I have faith. I am rich enough in the name of Jesus, “which is above every name.” …I don’t have silver and I don’t need any. I don’t have gold and I don’t desire it. But I have what you rich don’t have. I have what even you would consider more valu­able and I give it to the poor. I say in the name of Jesus: “Be strengthened, ye weak hands, and ye feeble knees.” But if you want to be rich, you must be poor.

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