When Christ died, which was the lowest degree of abasement, there was a kingdom of patience then.

What! When he was subdued by death and Satan, was there a kingdom then? Yes, a kingdom. For though visibly, he was overcome and nailed to the cross; yet invisibly, he triumphed over principalities and powers. For by death he satisfied his Father; and he being satisfied, Satan is but a jailor. What hath he to do when God is satisfied by death?

Christ never conquered more than on the cross.

When he died he killed death, and Satan, and all. And [did] not Christ reign on the cross when he converted the thief? when the sun was astonished, and the earth shook and moved, and the light was eclipsed?

Who cares for Cæsar when he is dead? But what more efficacious than Christ when he died?

He was most practical when he seemed to do nothing. In patience he reigned and triumphed; he subjected the greatest enemies to himself, Satan, and death, and the wrath of God, and all.

In the same manner all things are ours, the worst things that befell God’s children, death, and afflictions, and persecutions. There is a kingdom of patience set up in them.

The Spirit of God subdues all base fears in us, and a child of God never more triumphs than in his greatest troubles. This is that that the apostle saith, Rom. 8:37, ‘In all these things we are more than conquerors.’

—Richard Sibbes
The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, 4:27–28.


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