Saint-Cyprian-of-CarthageFor he who wars for God…ought to acknowledge himself as one who, placed in the heavenly camp, already hopes for divine things.

Therefore we should have no trembling at the storms and whirlwinds of the world, and no disturbance, since the Lord had foretold that these would come.

Christ…warned us that adversity would increase more and more in the last times and promised “when ye see all these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is at hand” (Luke 21:31).

The kingdom of God, beloved brethren, is beginning to be at hand.

The reward of life, and the rejoicing of eternal salvation, and the perpetual gladness and possession lately lost of paradise, are now coming, with the passing away of the world.

Already heavenly things are taking the place of earthly, and great things of small, and eternal things of things that fade away.

What room is there here for anxiety and solicitude? Who, in the midst of these things, is trembling and sad, except he who is without hope and faith?

For it is for him to fear death who is not willing to go to Christ.

It is for him to be unwilling to go to Christ who does not believe that he is about to reign with Christ.

For it is written that the just lives by faith.

If you are just, and live by faith, if you truly believe in Christ, why, since you are about to be with Christ, and are secure of the Lord’s promise, do you not embrace the assurance that you are called to Christ, and rejoice that you are freed from the devil?

Certainly Simeon, that just man, was truly just and kept God’s commands with a full faith, when it had been pledged him from heaven that he should not die before he had seen the Christ.

When Christ had come an infant into the temple with His mother, Simeon…knew that he should soon die.

He rejoiced concerning his now approaching death, and secure of his immediate summons, he received the child into his arms, blessing the Lord and exclaiming:

“Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation” (Luke 2:29).

In this he bears witness that the servants of God have peace and free and tranquil repose.

Withdrawn from these whirlwinds of the world, we shall attain the harbour of our home and eternal security, when, having accomplished this death, we come to immortality.

For that is our peace; that is our faithful tranquillity; that is our steadfast, and abiding, and perpetual security.

Cyprian of Carthage (d.258): On Mortality, 2-3.

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