God hath a great cause in the world, and that such a one as wherein his name, his goodness, his love, his glory, are concerned; this, in his infinite wisdom, is to be witnessed, confirmed, testified unto by sufferings. Now, can there be any greater honour done unto any of the sons of men, than that God should single them out from among the rest of mankind and appoint them unto this work? Men are honoured according to their riches and treasures; but when Moses came to make a right judgment concerning this thing, he “esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt,” Heb. 11:26. We believe that God gave great honour unto the apostles and martyrs of old in all their sufferings. Let us labour for the same spirit of faith in reference unto ourselves, and it will relieve us under all our trials. This, then, also hath Christ added unto the way of sufferings, by his consecration of it for us. All the glory and honour of the world is not to be compared with theirs unto whom “it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake,” Phil. 1:29, 1 Pet. 4:14-16.
– John Owen –
from Owen’s Exposition of Hebrews, volume 3, page 397-8; the William H. Goold edition, printed by Banner of Truth Trust, 2009