The Poor Stand in the Place of Christ
Romans 15:25-27
But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.…

Macaulay, in his essay on Milton, says — "Ariosto tells a story of a fairy who, by some mysterious law of her nature, was condemned to appear at certain seasons in the form of a foul, poisonous snake. Those who injured her during the period of her disguise were for ever excluded from participation in the blessings which she bestowed. But to those who, in spite of her loathsome aspect, pitied and protected her, she afterward revealed herself in the beautiful and celestial form which was natural to her, accompanied their steps, granted all their wishes, filled their houses with wealth, made them happy in love and victorious in war." So what is done to Christ in His disguised and lowly form, of the poor and sick of earth, is a test of our character and our love, and will be rewarded by Him when He comes in His glory.

Parallel Verses
KJV: But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

WEB: But now, I say, I am going to Jerusalem, serving the saints.

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