Wherefore he that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given His Holy Spirit to you."
That we should "abstain from fornication," not from marriage; that every one "should know how to possess his vessel in honour."
The will of God is our sanctification,
(originated) not of seduction, nor of impurity: "and, "This is the will of God, your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication; that each one know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour, not in the lust of concupiscence, as (do) the nations which are ignorant of God."
1 Thess. 4:3 - NIV, NAB - in Pseudo-Cyprian Of the Discipline and Advantage of Chastity
Hence the apostle says: "This is the will of God, that ye abstain from fornication."
For although it is called "a vessel" by the apostle, such as he enjoins to be treated "with honour,"
I do not mean that you should beat them or persecute them, as do the Gentiles "that know not the Lord and God; "
In what way? "Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles."
1 Thess. 4:6 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
In the first Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians: "That a man do not deceive his brother in a matter, because God is the avenger for all these."
The offerings of the Lord will ye rob, and from His portion will ye steal; and before ye sacrifice to the Lord, ye will take the choicest parts, in despitefulness eating them with harlots. Amid excesses
But if repentance is a thing human, its baptism must necessarily be of the same nature: else, if it had been celestial, it would have given both the Holy Spirit and remission of sins. But none either pardons sins or freely grants the Spirit save God only.
He knows, therefore, whom He has called, and whom He has saved; and at one and the same time He called and saved them. "For ye are," says the apostle, "taught of God."
Again, they say the same apostle has left a precept, according to his own example, "That each one work with his own hands for a living."
Then we which are alive (and) remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we be ever with the Lord."
I suppose, moreover, that he promises to the Thessalonians the integrity of the whole substance of man.
For the consideration of the apostle's declaration must be set before us, who says, "Be not overwhelmed with sadness at the falling asleep of any one, just as the nations are who are without hope."
whether it will be women thus tricked out whom the angels carry up to meet Christ in the air
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which are asleep in Jesus Will God bring with Him."
1 Thess. 4:13 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also them which have fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."
Man, therefore, was made from different and opposite substances, as the world itself was made from light and darkness, from life and death; and he has admonished us that these two things contend against each other in man: so that if the soul, which has its origin from God, gains the mastery, it is immortal, and lives in perpetual light; if, on the other hand, the body shall overpower the soul, and subject it to its dominion, it is in everlasting darkness and death.
He says that those who "remain unto the coming of Christ," along with "the dead in Christ, shall rise first," being "caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air."
For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we too shall ourselves be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
have quoted from the first Epistle to the Corinthians, I will quote also from the first to the Thessalonians, in which Paul, as one who is alive and awake, and different from those who are asleep, speaks as follows: "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who are asleep; for the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God."
In the apostle: "At the command, and at the voice of the archangel, and at the trumpet of God, shall He descend from heaven."
Well, then, what difference is there between heathens and Christians, if the same prison awaits them all when dead? How, indeed, shall the soul mount up to heaven, where Christ is already sitting at the Father's right hand, when as yet the archangel's trumpet has not been heard by the command of God,
But he says (elsewhere), "We shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord (in the air)."
Under the arms of prayer guard we the standard of our General; await we in prayer the angel's trump.
And respecting the living the words are these, "And we shall be changed; "an expression which follows immediately after the statement, "The dead shall be raised first."
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them that are asleep."
Then, again, after this, knowing that there were others dead in Christ besides himself and such as he, he subjoins the words, "The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air."
For at that time the trumpet shall sound,
"Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him," is the voice which shall be heard from heaven, and the trumpet, when the saints, all their bodies being raised, shall be caught up, and shall go on the clouds to meet the Lord.
says, that after the cry all the virgins arose, that is, that the dead shall be raised after the voice which comes from heaven, as also Paul intimates,
and afterwards shall be the voice of a trumpet by the archangel;
here in the Church, of bishops, presbyters, deacons, are imitations of the angelic glory, and of that economy which, the Scriptures say, awaits those who, following the footsteps of the apostles, have lived in perfection of righteousness according to the Gospel. For these taken up in the clouds, the apostle
-when as yet those whom the coming of the Lord is to find on the earth, have not been caught up into the air to meet Him at His coming,
) and so shall we ever be with the Lord,
And again he says, "We shall be caught up in the clouds to meet Christ in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
for they died, being put off by their souls. "Then we which are alive shall be caught up together with them," meaning our souls.
in heaven; then the sign of the sound of the trumpet; and the third, the resurrection of the dead; 7. yet not of all, but as it is said: The Lord shall come and all His saints with Him.
1 Thess. 4:17 - NIV, NAB - in Gospel of Nicodemus II The Descent of Christ into Hell
e you, who have not seen death, and have not come down into Hades, but who dwell in paradise in your bodies and your souls? One of them answered, and said: I am Enoch, who was well-pleasing to God, and who was translated hither by Him; and this is Helias the Thesbite; and we are also to live until the end of the world; and then we are to be sent by God to withstand Antichrist, and to be slain by him, and after three days to rise again, and to be snatched up in clouds to meet the Lord.
1 Thess. 4:17 - NIV, NAB - in Gospel of Nicodemus II The Descent of Christ into Hell
Here also even until now we have not tasted death, but have been reserved to the coming of Antichrist, by divine signs and wonders to do battle with him, and, being killed by him in Jerusalem, after three days and half a day to be taken up alive again in the clouds.
on which I stretched forth my hands, and all the orders of my angels shall do reverence to it. And then shall be lifted up all the race of men upon clouds, as the Apostle Paul foretold.
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