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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VII:
Lactantius: Chap. XLVIII.—Of the disinheriting of the Jews, and the adoption of the Gentiles

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Chap. XLVIII.—Of the Disinheriting of the Jews, and the Adoption of the Gentiles.

Since, therefore, He sits at the right hand of God, about to tread down His enemies, who tortured Him, when He shall come to judge the world, it is evident that no hope remains to the Jews, unless, turning themselves to repentance, and being cleansed from the blood with which they polluted themselves, they shall begin to hope in Him whom they denied. 1553 Therefore Esdras thus speaks: 1554 “This passover is our Saviour and our refuge. Consider and let it come into your heart, that we have to abase p. 242 Him in a figure: and after these things we have hoped 1555 in Him.”  

Now that the Jews were disinherited, because they rejected Christ, and that we, who are of the Gentiles, were adopted into their place, is proved by the Scriptures. Jeremiah 1556 thus speaks: “I have forsaken mine house, I have given mine heritage into the hands of her enemies. Mine heritage is become unto me as a lion in the forest; it hath given forth its voice against me: therefore have I hated it.” Also Malachi: 1557 “I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down thereof, my name shall be great among the Gentiles.” Isaiah also thus speaks: 1558 “I come to gather all nations and tongues: and they shall come and see my glory.” The same says in another place, 1559 speaking in the person of the Father to the Son: “I the Lord have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of my people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house.”  



Negaverunt; others read “necaverunt,” killed.  


See Instit., iv. 18, p. 121, supra.  


Speravimus; others “sperabimus.”  


Jer. 12:7, 8.  


Mal. 1:10, 11.  


Isa. lxvi. 18.  


Isa. 42:6, 7.  

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