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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter XII.—Praise of the...

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Chapter XII.—Praise of the Ephesians.

I know both who I am, and to whom I write. I am a condemned man, ye have been the objects of p. 55 mercy; I am subject to danger, ye are established in safety. Ye are the persons through 571 whom those pass that are cut off for the sake of God. Ye are initiated into the mysteries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred, the deservedly most happy, at whose feet 572 may I be found, when I shall attain to God; who in all his Epistles makes mention of you in Christ Jesus.

I know both who I am, and to whom I write. I am the very insignificant Ignatius, who have my lot with 573 those who are exposed to danger and condemnation. But ye have been the objects of mercy, and are established in Christ. I am one delivered over [to death], but the least of all those that have been cut off for the sake of Christ, “from the blood of righteous Abel” 574 to the blood of Ignatius. Ye are initiated into the mysteries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred, inasmuch as he was “a chosen vessel;” 575 at whose feet may I be found, and at the feet of the rest of the saints, when I shall attain to Jesus Christ, who is always mindful of you in His prayers.


Footnotes

55:571

Literally, “ye are the passage of.”

55:572

Literally, “footsteps.”

55:573

Literally, “am like to.”

55:574

Matt. xxiii. 35.

55:575

Acts ix. 15.


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