Read the testimony of John: "That which we have seen, which we have heard, which we have looked upon with our eyes, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life."
But the very same apostles testify that they had both seen and "handled" Christ.
"That," says John, "which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life."
but what is that which, in a certain way, has been grasped by hand
To God their beauty, to God their youth (is dedicated). With Him they live; with Him they converse; Him they "handle"
From death recovered body,
and a sense of touch, by which John says that he "handled with his hands of the Word of life; "
-no one is so foolish as not to see that the word "hands" is taken figuratively, as when John says, "Our hands have handled the Word of life."
nativity, His passion, His resurrection, His conversation with His disciples, and His twofold advent,-the first in the humiliation of rejection, which is now past, and the second in the glory of royal power, which is yet in the future. What marvel is it, then, that John brings forward these several things
" The evangelist, on the other hand, has not prefixed his name even to the catholic epistle; but without any circumlocution, he has commenced at once with the mystery of the divine revelation itself in these terms: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes."
For its salvation is endangered, not by its being ignorant of itself, but of the word of God. "The life," says He, "was manifested,"
, ) Son Jesus Christ, that "our fellowship may be with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."
Draw whatever (veil of) darkness you please over your deeds, "God is light."
Nay, but this whole world is the one house of all; in which world it is more the heathen, who is found in darkness, whom the grace of God enlightens, than the Christian, who is already in God's light.
Now, I should like to ask these persons what they have to say respecting that passage where it is declared that God is light; as John writes in his Epistle, "God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all."
Nor, seeing He is called the Son of (His) love, will it appear absurd if in this way He be called the Son of (His) will. Nay, John also indicates that "God is Light,"
hearing it declared in one passage, that "God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all; "
But even this rational light itself ought not to be worshipped by him who beholds and understands the true light, by sharing in which these also are enlightened; nor by him who beholds God, the Father of the true light,-of whom it has been said, "God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all."
"They knew not, they understood not, they walk in darkness." Consider, however, this passage,
Si autem in luce ambulamus, sicut et ipse est in luce, societatem habemus cum ipso, et sanguis Jesu filii ejus emundat nos a peccato."
And again that darkness is brought upon men by their evil deeds, we learn from John himself, when he says in his epistle,
From the Epistle also of John they forthwith cull (a proof). It is said: "The blood of His Son purifieth us utterly from every sin."
If we confess our sins, faithful and just is He to remit them to us, and utterly purify us from every unrighteousness."
And again, in his epistle, John lays it down, and says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:8 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the Epistle of John: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:8 - NIV, NAB - in Gregory Thaumaturgus A Metaphrase of the Book of Ecclesiastes
Wisdom availeth more in the way of help than a band of the most powerful men in a city, and it often also pardons righteously those who fail in duty. For there is not one that stumbleth not.
and another, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
For see yet again: "If we say," he says, "that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
He will leave nothing to himself, who separates either the Father from the Son, or the Son from the Father.
For after the return of the people from Babylon under the leadership of Jesus the son of Josedech, and Ezra the scribe, and Zerubbabel the son of Salathiel, of the tribe of David, there were 434 years unto the coming of Christ, in order that the Priest of priests might be manifested in the world, and that He who taketh away the sins of the world might be evidently set forth, as John speaks concerning Him: "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!"
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