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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol IX:
Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.: Chapter XXVII

Early Church Fathers  Index     

p. 491 27.  When the Little Ones are Assigned to Angels.

Then again one might inquire at what time those who are called their angels assume guardianship of the little ones pointed out by Christ; whether they received this commission to discharge concerning them, from what time “by the laver of regeneration,” 5991 through which they were born “as new-born babes, they long for the reasonable milk which is without guile,” 5992 and no longer are in subjection to any wicked power; or, whether from birth they had been appointed, according to the foreknowledge and predestination of God, over those whom God also foreknew, and foreordained to be conformed to the glory of the Christ. 5993   And with reference to the view that they have angels from birth, one might quote, “He who separated me from my mother’s womb,” 5994 and, “From the womb of my mother thou hast been my protector,” 5995 and, “He has assisted me from my mother’s womb,” 5996 and, “Upon thee I was cast from my mother,” 5997 and in the Epistle of Jude, “To them that are beloved in God the Father and are kept for Jesus Christ, being called,” 5998 —kept completely by the angels who keep them.



Tit. iii. 5.


1 Pet. ii. 2.


Rom. viii. 29.


Gal. i. 15.


Ps. lxxi. 6.


Ps. cxxxix. 13.


Ps. xxii. 10.


Jude 1.

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