The Lost Books of the Bible

14 For the beginning is faith; the end is charity. And these two [*4]joined together, are of God: but all other things which concern a holy life are the consequences of these.

15 No man professing a true faith, sinneth; neither does he who has charity hate any.

16 [*5] The tree is made manifest by its fruit; so they who profess themselves to be Christians [*6] are known by what they do.

17 For Christianity is not the work of an outward profession; but shows itself in the power of faith, if a man be found faithful unto the end.

18 It is better for a man to hold his peace, and be; [*7] than to say he is a Christian and not to be.

19 It is good to teach; [*8] if what he says he does likewise.

20 There is therefore one master who spake, and it was done; and even those things which he did without speaking, are worthy of the Father.

21 He that possesses the word of Jesus is truly able to hear his very silence, that he may be perfect; [*9] and both do according to what he speaks, and be known by those things of which he is silent.

22 There is nothing hid from God, but even our secrets are nigh unto him.

23 Let us therefore do all things, as becomes those who have [*10] God dwelling in them; that we may be his temples, and he may be our God: as also he is, and will manifest himself before our faces, by those things [*11] for which we justly love him.

CHAP. IV.

1 To have a care for the Gospel. 9 The virginity of Mary, the incarnation, and the death of Christ, were hid front the Devil. 11 How the birth of Christ was revealed. 16 Exhorts to unity.

BE not deceived, my brethren: those that [*12] corrupt families inherit adultery, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

2 If therefore they who do this according to the flesh, [*13] have suffered death; how much more shall he die, who by his wicked doctrine corrupts the faith of God, for which Christ was crucified?

3 [*14] He that is thus defiled, shall depart into unquenchable fire, and so also shall he that [*15] hearkens to him.

4 For this cause did the Lord [*16] suffer the ointment to be poured on his head; that he might breathe the breath of immortality unto his church.

5 Be not ye therefore anointed with the evil savour of the doctrine of the prince of this world: let him not take you captive from the life that is set before you.

6 And why are we not all

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wise, seeing we have receive the knowledge of God, which is Jesus Christ? Why [*1] do we suffer ourselves foolishly to perish; [*2] not considering the gift which the Lord has truly sent to us?

7 [*3] Let my life be sacrificed for the doctrine of the cross; which is indeed a scandal to the unbelievers, but to us is salvation and life eternal.

8 [*4] Where is the wise man? Where is the disputer? Where is the boasting of those who are called wise?

9 For our God Jesus Christ was according to the dispensation of God [*5] conceived in the womb of Mary, of the seed of David, [*6] by the Holy Ghost; [*7] he was born and baptized, that through his passion he might purify water, to the washing away of sin.

10 Now the Virginity of Mary, and he who was born of her, was kept in secret from the prince of this world; as was also the death of our Lord: three of the [*8] mysteries the most spoken of throughout the world, yet done in [*9] secret by God.

11 How then was our Saviour manifested to the world? A star shone in heaven beyond all the other stars, and its light was inexpressible, and its novelty struck terror into men’s minds. All the rest of the stars, together with the sun and moon, were the chorus to this star; but that sent out its light exceedingly above them all.

12 And men [*10] began to be troubled to think whence this [*11] new star came so unlike to [*12] all the others.

13 Hence all the power of magic became dissolved; and every bond of wickedness was [*13] destroyed: men’s ignorance was taken away; and the old kingdom abolished; God himself [*14] appearing in the form of a man, for the renewal of eternal life.

14 From thence began what God had prepared: from thenceforth things were disturbed; forasmuch as he designed to abolish death.

15 But if Jesus Christ shall give me grace through your prayers, and it be his will, I purpose in a second epistle which

I will suddenly write unto you to manifest to you more fully the dispensation of which I have now begun to speak, unto the new man, which is Jesus Christ; both in his faith, and charity; in his suffering, and in his resurrection.

16 Especially if the Lord shall [*15] make known unto me, that ye all by name come together in common in one faith, and in one Jesus Christ; who was of the race of David according to the flesh; the Son of man, and Son of God; [*16] obeying your bishop and the presbytery with an entire [*17] affection; breaking one and the same bread, which is the medicine of immortality; our antidote that we should not die, but live forever in Christ Jesus.

17 My soul be for yours, and theirs whom ye have sent to the glory of God, even unto Smyrna; from whence also I write to you; giving thanks unto the Lord and loving Polycarp even as I do you. Remember me, as Jesus Christ does remember you.

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18 Pray for the church which is in Syria, from whence I am carried bound to Rome; being the least of all the faithful which are there, as I have been thought worthy to be found to the glory of God.

19 Fare ye well in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ, our common Hope. Amen.

To the Ephesians.

Footnotes

^166:1 In.

^166:2 See Eph. iii. 19.

^166:3 In.

^166:4 Health, Joy.

^166:5 Received. Vid. Epist. Interpol.

^166:6 Vid. Coteler. in loc. Comp. Gal. iv. 8.

^166:7 Pearson Vind. Ignat. Par. 2, cap. 14.

^166:8 Imitators.

^166:9 Viz. of Christ.

^166:10 Martyrdom.

^166:11 Eph. v. 2.

^166:12 See the old Lat. Ed. of Bishop Usher.

^166:13 Possess.

^166:14 Blessed in all things.

^167:1 By.

^167:2 See Philem. 20. Wisd. xxx. 2.

^167:3 In all manner of ways.

^167:4 In one.

^167:5 1 Cor. i. 10.

^167:6 The.

^167:7 Command you.

^167:8 In.

^167:9 For.

^167:10 Concerning.

^167:11 Mind, counsel, opinion, &c.

^167:12 Whence.

^167:13 Worthy to be named.

^167:14 Concord.

^167:15 Partake of.

^168:1 Matt. xviii. 19.

^168:2 Is already proud and has, &c.

^168:3 Judged, or separated.

^168:4 James, iv. 6.

^168:5 And the.

^168:6 Accustom themselves to carry.

^168:7 In wicked deceit.

^168:8 Avoid.

^168:9 Which can.

^168:10 Without doubt ye live.

^168:11 Vid. Voss. Annot. in loc. Pearson, Vind. Ign. par. 2, pp. 207, 208.

^168:12 To ages.

^168:13 As neither is faith the things of infidelity, nor infidelity the things of faith.

^168:14 Known.

^168:15 Passed thither.

^168:16 Upon.

^168:17 Comp. Eph. ii. 20, 21, 22. 1 Pet. ii. 5.

^168:18 The building of God the Father.

^168:19 By the engine of the cross, etc.

^169:1 Pearson, ib. part 2, cap. 12.

^169:2 Carriers.

^169:3 These things I write.

^169:4 Be ye firm.

^169:5 Who has been more, etc.

^169:6 In Jesus Christ both bodily and spiritually. 1 Cor. vii. 34.

^169:7 Remain: or, for it remains.

^169:8 Is present.

^169:9 One of the two, only that we may be found, etc.

^169:10 Without him.

^169:11 Become you.

^169:12 In.

^169:13 Assented to.

^169:14 In.

^169:15 Witnessed of.

^169:16 Vid. Coteler. in loc. Pears. Vind. Ign. Par 2, cap. 10.

^170:1 Destruction.

^170:2 Concord.

^170:3 Of things in heaven and of things on earth.

^170:4 Being in unity.

^170:5 Matt. xii. 38.

^170:6 Shall be seen or made manifest.

^170:7 Speaking, not to be.

^170:8 If he who says, does.

^170:9 That he may.

^170:10 Him.

^170:11 Out of.

^170:12 The corrupters of houses. 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10.

^170:13 1 Cor. x. 8.

^170:14 Such a one being become defiled.

^170:15 Hears him.

^170:16 Receives ointment. Psalm xliv. 8, cxxxii. 2.

^171:1 Are we foolishly destroyed?

^171:2 Not knowing.

^171:3 See Dr. Smith’s note in loc. 1 Cor. i. 18, 23, 24.

^171:4 1 Cor. i. 20.

^171:5 Carried.

^171:6 But by.

^171:7 Who was.

^171:8 Mysteries of noise.

^171:9 Silence or quietness. See Rom. xvi. 25.

^171:10 There was a disorder.

^171:11 Novelty.

^171:12 Them.

^171:13 Disappeared.

^171:14 Being made manifest.

^171:15 Reveal.

^171:16 That ye may obey.

^171:17 Mind.

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The EPISTLE of IGNATIUS to the MAGNESIANS.

CHAP. I.

4 Mentions the arrival of Damon, their bishop, and others, 6 whom he exhorts them to reverence, notwithstanding he was a young man.

IGNATIUS who is also called Theophorus; to the blessed [*1] (church) [*2] by the grace of God the Father in [*3] Jesus Christ our Saviour: in whom I salute the church which is at Magnesia near the Maeander: and wish it all joy in God the Father and in Jesus Christ.

2 When I heard of your well ordered love and charity in God, being full of joy, I desired much to speak unto you in the faith of Jesus Christ.

3 For having [*4] been thought worthy to obtain a most excellent name, [*5] in the bonds which I carry about, I [*6] salute the churches; wishing in them a union both of the body and spirit of Jesus Christ, our eternal life: as also of faith and charity, to which nothing is preferred: but especially of Jesus and the Father in whom [*7] if we undergo all the injuries of the prince of this pre sent world, and escape, we shall enjoy God.

4 Seeing then I have been judged worthy to see you, by Damas your [*8] most excellent bishop; and by your very worthy presbyters, Bassus and Apollonius; and by my fellow-servant Sotio, the deacon;

5 In whom [*9] I rejoice, forasmuch as he is the subject unto his bishop as to the grace of God, and to the presbytery as to the law of Jesus Christ; [*10] I determined to write unto you.

6 Wherefore it will become you also not [*11] to use your bishop too familiarly upon the account of his youth; but to yield all reverence to him according to the power of God the Father; as also I perceive that your holy presbyters do: not considering is [*12] age, which indeed to appearance is young; but as becomes those who are prudent in God, submitting to him, or rather not to him, but to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bishop of us all.

7 It will therefore [*13] behoove you [*14] with all sincerity, to obey your bishop; in honour him [*15] whose pleasure it is that ye should do so.

8 Because he that does not do so, deceives not the bishop whom

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he sees, but [*1] affronts him that is invisible. [*2] For whatsoever of this kind is done, it reflects not upon [*3] man, but upon God, who knows the secrets of our hearts.

9 It is therefore fitting, that we should not only be called Christians, but be so.

10 As some call indeed their governor, bishop; but yet do all things without him.

11 But I can never think that such as these have a good conscience, seeing that they are not gathered together [*4] thoroughly according to God’s commandment.

CHAP. II.

1 That as all must die, 4 he exhorts them to live orderly and in unity.

SEEING then all things have an end, there are these two [*5] indifferently set before us, death and life: and every one shall depart unto his proper place.

2 For as there are two sorts of coins, the one of God, the other of the world; and each of these has its proper [*6] inscription engraven upon it; so also is it here.

3 The unbelievers are of this world; but the faithful, through charity, have the character of God the Father by Jesus Christ: by whom if we are not readily disposed to die after the likeness of his passion, his life is not in us.

4 Forasmuch, therefore, as I have in the persons before mentioned seen [*7] all of you in faith and charity; I exhort you that ye study to do all things in [*8] divine concord:

5 Your bishop presiding in the place of God; your presbyters in the place of the council of the Apostles; and your deacons most [*9] dear to me being entrusted with the ministry of Jesus Christ; who was the Father before all ages, and appeared in the [*10] end to us.

6 Wherefore taking the same [*11] holy course, see that ye all reverence one another: and let no one look upon his neighbour after the flesh; but do ye all mutually love each other in Jesus Christ.

7 Let there be nothing that may be able to make a division among you; but be ye united to your bishop, and those who preside over you, to be your pattern and direction in the way to immortality.

8 [*12] As therefore the Lord did nothing without the Father, being united to him; neither by himself nor yet by his Apostles, so neither do ye do anything without your bishop and presbyters:

9 Neither endeavour to let anything appear rational to yourselves apart;

10 But being come together into the same place [*13] have one common prayer; one supplication; one mind; one hope; one in charity, and in joy undefiled.

11 There is one Lord Jesus Christ, than whom nothing is better. Wherefore [*14] come ye all together as unto one temple of God; as to one [*15] altar, as to one Jesus Christ; who proceeded from one Father, and exists in one, and is returned to one.

CHAP. III.

1 He cautions them against false opinions. 4 Especially those of [*16] Ebion and the Judaizing Christians.

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BE not deceived with [*1] strange doctrines; nor with old fables which are unprofitable. For if we still continue to live according to the Jewish law, we do confess ourselves not to have received grace. For even the most [*2] holy prophets lived according to Christ Jesus.

2 And for this cause were they persecuted, being inspired by his grace, [*3] to convince the unbelievers and disobedient that there is one God who has manifested himself by Jesus Christ his Son; who is his [*4] eternal word, not coming forth from silence, who in all things pleased him that sent him.

3 Wherefore if they who were brought up in these ancient [*5] laws came nevertheless to the newness of hope: no longer observing sabbaths, [*6] but keeping the Lord’s day in which also our life is sprung up by him, and through his death, [*7] whom yet some deny:

4 (By which mystery we have [*8] been brought to believe and therefore wait that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only master:)

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