That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;
A dear suffering Christian on a bed of sickness, which has now proved the portal of heaven, shrank for a while from the prospect of prolonged anguish which opened before her. In the vision of the morning there appeared to her a minute crown twined here and there with thorns, and by the side of this tiny ensign of the Saviour's deep, abounding love, lay another crown, composed wholly of thorns, large murderous spines, such as doubtless composed the wreath of painful mockery that bound the brow of the Son of God. "I thought," said she, "the angels might have brought it; for some one seemed to say, pointing to the large heavy crown, 'I wore this for thee; wear thine for Me,'" and meekly she bent her head, and wore the wreath, and now she has laid it by for the crown which she wears.
Parallel VersesKJV: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;