In A.D. 404 John Chrysostom, the early church father, was brought in before the Roman emperor. The emperor threatened him with banishment if he remained a Christian.

Chrysostom responded, ‘You cannot banish me, for this world is my Father’s house.’

‘But I will kill you,’ said the emperor.

‘No, you cannot, for my life is hid with Christ in God,’ said Chrysostom.

‘I will take away your treasures.’

‘No, you cannot, for my treasure is in heaven and my heart is there.’

‘But I will drive you away from your friends and you will have no one left.’

‘No, you cannot, for I have a friend in heaven from whom you cannot separate me. I defy you, for there is nothing you can do to harm me.’

(And this anecdote always reminds me of my favorite line from Richard Sibbes’s The Bruised Reed: “A Christian is an impregnable person. He is a person that never can be conquered.”)

HT: Dane Ortlund

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3 thoughts on “A Christian is a Person Who Cannot be Conquered”

  1. Clay says:

    Actually by 404, Christianity was legal and widely accepted in the Roman Empire, so St. John Chrysostom was not being threatened with banishment if he remained a Christian. St. John was the Archbishop of Constantinople and was known for speaking out strongly against the misuse of riches which angered the wealthy and influential. This is part of why he was brought before the emperor. Politics was also involved.

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