Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit which separates Jesus Christ is not of God, but is of antichrist."
by the Apostle John, who says that "already many false prophets are gone out into the world," the fore-runners of Antichrist, who deny that Christ is come in the flesh,
Believe not every spirit, because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
John, moreover, brands that man as "a liar" who "denieth that Jesus is the Christ; "whilst on the other hand he declares that "every one is born of God who believeth that Jesus is the Christ."
1 John 4:2 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
But whosoever denies that He is come in the flesh is not of God, but is of the spirit of Antichrist."
"For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is antichrist; "
And he that rejects the incarnation, and is ashamed of the cross for which I am in bonds, this man is antichrist.
But in his epistle he especially designates those as "Antichrists" who "denied that Christ was come in the flesh,"
and do not acknowledge
the virgin friend of Apelles. Surely he is antichrist who denies that Christ has come in the flesh.
no one has as yet escaped from Antichrist;
how can either darkness illuminate, or unrighteousness justify? And when they say that "they are not of God, but are of the spirit of Antichrist,"
re already crowned, while some are even now within reach of the crown of victory; but all whom the danger has shut up in a glorious company are animated to carry on the struggle with an equal and common warmth of virtue, as it behoves the soldiers of Christ in the divine camp: that no allurements may deceive the incorruptible stedfastness of your faith, no threats terrify you, no sufferings or tortures overcome you, because "greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world; "
1 John 4:4 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XI Exhortation to Martyrdom Addressed to Fortunatus
John, in his epistle, proves this, saying: "Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world."
1 John 4:4 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Of this thing also in John: "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in this world."
How then can I live, since I have acted thus? "And he said to me, "Your feelings are indeed right and sound, for you ought as a servant of God to have walked in truth, and not to have joined an evil conscience with the spirit of truth, nor to have caused sadness to the holy and true Spirit."
"God," then, being good, "is love," it is said.
But perchance some one may ask of us the same question which Hortensius asks in Cicero: If God is one only,
but endured all things for us, that we might live in Him.
"And we have seen His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father; "
If God cannot be seen, how was God seen? Or if He was seen, how is it that He cannot be seen? For John also says, "No man hath seen God at any time; "
But "whosoever shall confess that (Jesus) Christ is the Son of God" (not the Father), "God dwelleth in him, and he in God. "
Nor let the Jews, or philosophers, flatter themselves respecting the Supreme God. He who has not acknowledged the Son has been unable to acknowledge the Father.
And if "God be love," piety also is love: "there is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear."
It is not, then, without reason that we commanded boys to kiss their relations, holding them by the ears; indicating this, that the feeling of love is engendered by hearing. And "God," who is known to those who love, "is love,"
1 John 4:16 - NIV, NAB - in Fragments of Clement from the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus
But John himself also in this same Epistle says, "God is love: "
The word of the blessed Apostle John is: "God," saith he, "is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God dwelleth in him."
1 John 4:16 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the Epistle of John: "God is love l and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
For, fearing the Lord, you will not do these deeds, but will refrain from them. For fears are of two kinds:
1 John 4:18 - NIV, NAB - in Clement of Alexandria Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?
"Perfect love casteth out fear."
affirming that there is no fear in love: "For perfect love casteth out fear, since fear has punishment; and he who fears is not perfect in love."
"There is no fear," says he, "in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear has torment"-the fire of the lake, no doubt. "He that feareth is not perfect in love"
But the man who does not fear to suffer, he will be perfect in love-in the love, it is meant, of God; "for perfect love casteth out fear."
1 John 4:18 - NIV, NAB - in Fragments of the Epistle of Phileas to the People of Thmuis
1 John 4:20 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
Also in the same place: "If any one shall say that he loves God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he who loveth not his brother whom he seeth, how can he love God whom he seeth not? "
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