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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter XX.—Exhortations to...

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Chapter XX.—Exhortations to stedfastness and unity.

Stand fast, brethren, in the faith of Jesus Christ, and in His love, in His passion, and in His resurrection. Do ye all come together in common, and individually, 625 through grace, in one faith of God the Father, and of Jesus Christ His only-begotten Son, and “the first-born of every creature,” 626 but of the seed of David according to the flesh, being under the guidance of the Comforter, in obedience to the bishop and the presbytery with an undivided mind, breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality, and the antidote which prevents us from dying, but a cleansing remedy driving away evil, [which causes] that we should live in God through Jesus Christ.



Literally, “by name.”


Col. i. 15.

Next: Chapter XXI.—Conclusion.

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