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Epistle to Gregory and Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John.: Chapter XXXI
31. Christ as Teacher and Master.
It is plain to all how our Lord is a teacher and an interpreter for those who are striving towards godliness, and on the other hand a master of those servants who have the spirit of bondage to fear, 4602 who make progress and hasten towards wisdom, and are found worthy to possess it. For 4603 “the servant knoweth not what the master wills,” since he is no longer his master, but has become his friend. The Lord Himself teaches this, for He says to hearers who were still servants: 4604 “You call Me Master and Lord, and you say well, for so I am,” but in another passage, 4605 “I call you no longer servants, for the servant knoweth not what is the will of his master, but I call you friends,” because 4606 “you have continued with Me in all My temptations.” They, then, who live according to fear, which God exacts from those who are not good servants, as we read in Malachi, 4607 “If I am a Master, where is My fear?” are servants of a master who is called their Saviour.
Rom. viii. 15.314:4603
John xv. 15; θέλει for ποτεῖ.314:4604
John xiii. 13.314:4605
John xv. 15.314:4606
Luke xxii. 28.314:4607
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