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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX:
The Epistles of Clement.: Chapter XXXVI

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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, 4190 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 4191 up anew towards His marvellous light.  By Him the Lord has willed that we should taste of immortal knowledge, 4192 “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.” 4193   For it is thus written, “Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” 4194   But concerning His Son 4195 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.” 4196   And again He saith to Him, “Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.” 4197   But who are His enemies?  All the wicked, and those who set themselves to oppose the will of God. 4198


Footnotes

240:4190

Literally, “that which saves us.”

240:4191

Or, “rejoices to behold.”

240:4192

Or, “knowledge of immortality.”

240:4193

Heb. 1:3, 4.

240:4194

Ps. 4:4, Heb. 1:7.

240:4195

Some render, “to the Son.”

240:4196

Ps. 2:7, 8, Heb. 1:5.

240:4197

Ps. 10:1, Heb. 1:13.

240:4198

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


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