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First Lesson of The Gospel

Hebrews 11:26, “He esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.” 
The reproach of Christ is the worst consequent that the wickedness of the world or the malice of Satan can bring upon the followers of him. The treasures of Egypt were in those days the greatest in the world; Moses despised the very best of the world, for the worst of the cross of Christ. Indeed, [Christ] Himself hath told believers, that if they love any thing better than him, father or mother, they are not worthy of him. A despising of all things for Christ is the very first lesson of the gospel. “Give away all, take up the cross and follow me,” was the way whereby he tried his disciples of old; and if there be not the same mind and heart in us, we are none of his.

– John Owen –

from Of Communion With Godvolume 2 of Works, page 130

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