The way of sharp thorns (Theodorus VanderGroe)

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To perfect the salvation of His children, it pleases the Lord to lead them in this life along a pathway of cross-bearing and afflictions—both physically and spiritually. Here below they are in the church militant, and they must daily learn to die to themselves in a way of struggle and cross-bearing. Many are the afflictions of the righteous (Ps. 34:19). The manner in which one is called to travel to heaven is a way that is filled with sharp thorns.

Theodorus VanderGroe, The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism, trans. Bartel Elshout, ed. Joel R. Beeke (2 vols, Grand Rapids MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016), 1: 5-6.
 
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