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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter VI.—Preserve harmony.

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Chapter VI.—Preserve harmony.

Since therefore I have, in the persons before mentioned, beheld the whole multitude of you in faith and love, I exhort you to study to do all things with a divine harmony, 667 while your bishop presides in the place of God, and your presbyters in the place of the assembly of the apostles, along with your deacons, who are most dear to me, and are entrusted with the ministry of Jesus Christ, who was with the Father before the beginning of time, 668 and in the end was revealed. Do ye all then, imitating the same divine conduct, 669 pay respect to one another, and let no one look upon his neighbour after the flesh, but do ye continually love each other in Jesus Christ. Let nothing exist among you that may divide you; but be ye united with your bishop, and those that preside over you, as a type and evidence of your immortality. 670

Since therefore I have, in the persons before mentioned, beheld the whole multitude of you in faith and love, I exhort you to study to do all things with a divine harmony, 671 while your bishop presides in the place of God, and your presbyters in the place of the assembly of the apostles, along with your deacons, who are most dear to me, and are entrusted with the ministry of Jesus Christ. He, being begotten by the Father before the beginning of time, 672 was God the Word, the only-begotten Son, and remains the same for ever; for “of His kingdom there shall be no end,” 673 says Daniel the prophet. Let us all therefore love one another in harmony, and let no one look upon his neighbour according to the flesh, but in Christ Jesus. Let nothing exist among you which may divide you; but be ye united with your bishop, being through him subject to God in Christ.


Footnotes

61:667

Literally, “in harmony of God.”

61:668

Literally, “before the ages.”

61:669

Literally, “receiving the like manners of God.”

61:670

The meaning is here doubtful.

61:671

Literally, “in harmony of God.”

61:672

Literally, “before the ages.”

61:673

Dan. ii. 44, Dan. 7:14, 27.


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