The Cross and Suffering



CHAPTER 6 The Precious Words Of God

“Roman Soldiers Could Go Through Without Any Hindrance”

A brother, who was suddenly arrested, received a heavy sentence and was imprisoned. He did not, of course, have the Bible with him; yet he yearned to have one. When his wife came to visit him, he asked her to do all she could to bring him Chapters five to eight of the book of Romans. This was a very risky thing to do which would bring dreadful consequences if detected. After praying about it, his wife came up with an idea. She went to a pickled food store and bought a mustard tuber the size of a fist. In Shanghai, preserved mustard-roots were usually wrapped with old newspapers to keep the hands dry in handling. After she returned home, she wrapped the root first with plastic, then with pages of Romans Chapters 5 to 8, and finally with old newspapers on the outside. It passed the prison inspection.

The most important section of the book of Romans is contained in Chapters 5 to 8. There was an ancient, well known church saying with dual meanings: in the time of the Roman Empire, the saying “a Roman soldier could pass through without any hindrance” was also used to mean that a Christian who had truly learned this portion of the book of Romans could go through the path of life without any hindrance.


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