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

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Chapter III.—Exhortations.

Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, 1080 fill thee with apprehension. Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten. It is the part of a noble 1081 athlete to be wounded, and yet to conquer. And especially, we ought to bear all things for the sake of God, that He also may bear with us. Be ever becoming more zealous than what thou art. Weigh carefully the times. Look for Him who is above all time, eternal and invisible, yet who became visible for our sakes; impalpable and impassible, yet who became passible on our account; and who in every kind of way suffered for our sakes.

Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, 1082 fill thee with apprehension. Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten. It is the part of a noble 1083 athlete to be wounded, and yet to conquer. And especially we ought to bear all things for the sake of God, that He also may bear with us, and bring us into His kingdom. Add more and more to thy diligence; run thy race with increasing energy; weigh carefully the times. Whilst thou art here, be a conqueror; for here is the course, and there are the crowns. Look for Christ, the Son of God; who was before time, yet appeared in time; who was invisible by nature, yet visible in the flesh; who was impalpable, and could not be touched, as being without a body, but for our sakes became such, might be touched and handled in the body; who was impassible as God, but became passible for our sakes as man; and who in every kind of way suffered for our sakes.


Footnotes

94:1080

Comp. 1 Tim. i. 3, 1 Tim. vi. 3.

94:1081

Literally, “great.”

94:1082

Comp. 1 Tim. i. 3, 1 Tim. vi. 3.

94:1083

Literally, “great.”


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