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

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter III.—The Duty of Confessing Christ.

Since, then, He has displayed so great mercy towards us, and especially in this respect, that we who are living should not offer sacrifices to gods that are dead, or pay them worship, 4344 but should attain through Him to p. 252 the knowledge of the true Father, 4345 whereby shall we show that we do indeed know Him, 4346 but by not denying Him through whom this knowledge has been attained?  For He himself declares, “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father.” 4347   This, then, is our reward if we shall confess Him by whom we have been saved.  But in what way shall we confess Him?  By doing what He says, and not transgressing His commandments, and by honouring Him not with our lips only, but with all our heart and all our mind. 4348   For He says in Isaiah, “This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” 4349


Footnotes

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I. omits.

252:4345

I. τῆς ἀληθείας (of truth).

252:4346

Literally, “what is the knowledge which is towards Him.”

252:4347

Matt. x. 32.

252:4348

Comp. Matt. xxii. 37.

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Isa. xxix. 13.


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