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

Early Church Fathers  Index     

p. 251

The Second Epistle of Clement.  4328

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Chapter I.—We Ought to Think Highly of Christ.

Brethren, it is fitting that you should think of Jesus Christ as of God,—as the Judge of the living and the dead.  And it does not become us to think lightly of our salvation; for if we think little of Him, we shall also hope but to obtain little [from Him].  And those of us who hear carelessly of these things, as if they were of small importance, commit sin, not knowing whence we have been called, and by whom, and to what place, and how much Jesus Christ submitted to suffer for our sakes.  What return, then, shall we make to Him, or what fruit that shall be worthy of that which He has given to us?  For, indeed, how great are the benefits 4329 which we owe to Him!  He has graciously given us light; as a Father, He has called us sons; He has saved us when we were ready to perish.  What praise, then, shall we give to Him, or what return shall we make for the things which we have received? 4330   We were deficient 4331 in understanding, worshipping stones and wood, and gold, and silver, and brass, the works of men’s hands; 4332 and our whole life was nothing else than death.  Involved in blindness, and with such darkness 4333 before our eyes, we have received sight, and through His will have laid aside that cloud by which we were enveloped.  For He had compassion on us, and mercifully saved us, observing the many errors in which we were entangled, as well as the destruction to which we were exposed, 4334 and that we had no hope of salvation except it came to us from Him.  For He called us when we were not, 4335 and willed that out of nothing we should attain a real existence. 4336


Footnotes

251:4328

No title, not even a letter, is preserved in A.  I. inserts “Clement’s (Epistle) to the Corinthians II.”

251:4329

Literally, “holy things.”

251:4330

Comp. Ps. cxvi. 12.

251:4331

Literally, “lame.”  I. πονηροί (wicked).

251:4332

Literally, “of men.”

251:4333

Literally, “being full of such darkness in our sight.”

251:4334

Literally, “having beheld in us much error and destruction.”

251:4335

Comp. Hos. 2:23, Rom. 4:17, Rom. 9:25.

251:4336

Literally, “willed us from not being to be.”


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