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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Epistle to the Philadelphians: Shorter...

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians Shorter and Longer Versions

Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, which is at Philadelphia, in Asia, which has obtained mercy, and is established in the harmony of God, and rejoiceth unceasingly 881 in the passion of our Lord, and is filled with all mercy through his resurrection; which I salute in the blood of Jesus Christ, who is our eternal and enduring joy, especially if [men] are in unity with the bishop, the presbyters, and the deacons, who have been appointed according to the mind of Jesus Christ, whom He has established in security, after His own will, and by His Holy Spirit.

Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is at Philadelphia, which has obtained mercy through love, and is established in the harmony of God, and rejoiceth unceasingly, 882 in the passion of our Lord Jesus, and is filled with all mercy through His resurrection; which I salute in the blood of Jesus Christ, who is our eternal and enduring joy, especially to those who are in unity with the bishop, and the presbyters, and the deacons, who have been appointed by the will of God the Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to His own will, has firmly established His Church upon a rock, by a spiritual building, not made with hands, against which the winds and the floods have beaten, yet have not been able to overthrow it: 883 yea, and may spiritual wickedness never be able to do so, but be thoroughly weakened by the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Chapter I.—Praise of the bishop.
Chapter II.—Maintain union with the...
Chapter III.—Avoid schismatics.
Chapter IV.—Have but one Eucharist,...
Chapter V.—Pray for me.
Chapter VI.—Do not accept Judaism.
Chapter VII.—I have exhorted you to...
Chapter VIII.—The same continued.
Chapter IX.—The Old Testament is...
Chapter X.—Congratulate the...
Chapter XI.—Thanks and salutation.


Footnotes

79:881

Or, “inseparably.”

79:882

Or, “inseparably.”

79:883

Comp. Matt. vii. 25.


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