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