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CLEMENT OF ROME: Chapter XXXVI.—All blessings are...

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Chapter XXXVI.—All blessings are given to us through Christ.

This is the way, beloved, in which we find our Saviour, 153 even Jesus Christ, the High Priest of all our offerings, the defender and helper of our infirmity. By Him we look up to the heights of heaven. By Him we behold, as in a glass, His immaculate and most excellent visage. By Him are the eyes of our hearts opened. By Him our foolish and darkened understanding blossoms 154 up anew towards His marvellous light. By Him the Lord has willed that we should taste of immortal p. 15 knowledge, 155 “who, being the brightness of His majesty, is by so much greater than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” 156 For it is thus written, “Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” 157 But concerning His Son 158 the Lord spoke thus: “Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.” 159 And again He saith to Him, “Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.” 160 But who are His enemies? All the wicked, and those who set themselves to oppose the will of God. 161


Footnotes

14:153

Literally, “that which saves us.”

14:154

Or, “rejoices to behold.”

15:155

Or, “knowledge of immortality.”

15:156

Heb. 1:3, 4.

15:157

Ps. civ. 4; Heb. i. 7.

15:158

Some render, “to the Son.”

15:159

Ps. 2:7, 8; Heb. i. 5.

15:160

Ps. cx. 1; Heb. i. 13.

15:161

Some read, “who oppose their own will to that of God.”


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