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

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Chapter XLVII.—Your Recent Discord is Worse Than the Former Which Took Place in the Times of Paul.

Take up the epistle of the blessed Apostle Paul.  What did he write to you at the time when the gospel first began to be preached? 4255   Truly, under the inspiration 4256 of the Spirit, he wrote to you concerning himself, and Cephas, and Apollos, 4257 because even then parties 4258 had been formed among you.  But that inclination for one above another entailed less guilt upon you, inasmuch as your partialities were then shown towards apostles, already of high reputation, and towards a man whom they had approved.  But now reflect who those are that have perverted you, and lessened the renown of your far-famed brotherly love.  It is disgraceful, beloved, yea, highly disgraceful, and unworthy of your Christian profession, 4259 that such a thing should be heard of as that the most stedfast and ancient church of the Corinthians should, on account of one or two persons, engage in sedition against its presbyters.  And this rumour has reached not only us, but those also who are unconnected 4260 with us; so that, through your infatuation, the name of the Lord is blasphemed, while danger is also brought upon yourselves.


Footnotes

243:4255

Literally, “in the beginning of the gospel.”

243:4256

Or, “spiritually.”

243:4257

1 Cor. iii. 13, etc.

243:4258

Or, “inclinations for one above another.”  I. προσκλήσεις (summonses) throughout for προσκλίσεις.

243:4259

Literally, “of conduct in Christ.”  I. ἀγάπη (love).

243:4260

Or, “aliens from us,” i.e. the Gentiles.


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