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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter X.—Beware of Judaizing.

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p. 63

Chapter X.—Beware of Judaizing.

Let us not, therefore, be insensible to His kindness. For were He to reward us according to our works, we should cease to be. Therefore, having become His disciples, let us learn to live according to the principles of Christianity. 695 For whosoever is called by any other name besides this, is not of God. Lay aside, therefore, the evil, the old, the sour leaven, and be ye changed into the new leaven, which is Jesus Christ. Be ye salted in Him, lest any one among you should be corrupted, since by your savour ye shall be convicted. It is absurd to profess 696 Christ Jesus, and to Judaize. For Christianity did not embrace 697 Judaism, but Judaism Christianity, that so every tongue which believeth might be gathered together to God.

Let us not, therefore, be insensible to His kindness. For were He to reward us according to our works, we should cease to be. For “if Thou, Lord, shalt mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” 698 Let us therefore prove ourselves worthy of that name which we have received. For whosoever is called by any other name besides this, he is not of God; for he has not received the prophecy which speaks thus concerning us: “The people shall be called by a new name, which the Lord shall name them, and shall be a holy people.” 699 This was first fulfilled in Syria; for “the disciples were called Christians at Antioch,” 700 when Paul and Peter were laying the foundations of the Church. Lay aside, therefore, the evil, the old, the corrupt leaven, 701 and be ye changed into the new leaven of grace. Abide in Christ, that the stranger 702 may not have dominion over you. It is absurd to speak of Jesus Christ with the tongue, and to cherish in the mind a Judaism which has now come to an end. For where there is Christianity there cannot be Judaism. For Christ is one, in whom every nation that believes, and every tongue that confesses, is gathered unto God. And those that were of a stony heart have become the children of Abraham, the friend of God; 703 and in his seed all those have been blessed 704 who were ordained to eternal life 705 in Christ.


Footnotes

63:695

Literally, “according to Christianity.”

63:696

Some read, “to name.”

63:697

Literally, “believe into,” merge into.

63:698

Ps. cxxx. 3.

63:699

Isa. 62:2, 12.

63:700

Acts xi. 26.

63:701

1 Cor. v. 7.

63:702

Or, “enemy.”

63:703

Matt. iii. 9; Isa. xli. 8; Jas. ii. 23. Some read, “children of God, friends of Abraham.”

63:704

Gen. xxviii. 14.

63:705

Acts xiii. 48.


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